November 2012

Get a Job

Mauri Schwartz

Q: You’ve often stressed that a thank you letter should be written after an interview. I agree, but am not sure what to say.

A: Sending a thank you note shows thoughtfulness, respect, and courtesy. It helps the person remember you better. You should send it as soon as possible after your interview, and do so by email. Sending an email is the fastest way to get your message to the intended recipients. If you interviewed with more than one person, write each a separate message. Ask for business cards from every person who interviewed you to ensure that you have their full contact information. Don’t send one message addressed to all.

By using the 4R format, you’ll be able to show your appreciation for the opportunity to interview, indicate your enthusiasm, and reemphasize your qualifications.

Remember: Help the interviewer remember you.

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you today to discuss your marketing manager position. I enjoyed our conversation, and feel that I’m a strong candidate for this role.

Reinforce: Review your assessment of the interview and re-state aspects of your skills, achievements and background which aroused positive interest.

I was intrigued by the description of your challenges integrating social media into your overall marketing plan. As we discussed, this is an area in which I excel, as illustrated by my success in initiating this effort at my current company. Our 15 percent increase in sales last year is directly attributed to the new audience we’ve addressed.

Recoup: This is an opportunity to improve on an answer to a question in the interview, or to add something you forgot to say; to recoup your losses.

While we didn’t get a chance to discuss this, I wanted you to know that throughout my career I’ve been an early adopter of technology, consistently putting the latest innovations to use to solve business challenges.

Remind: Gently remind the interviewer of a commitment s/he made to you.

[hiring manager’s name], I’m very interested in pursuing this role at [name of company], and look forward to hearing from you early next week regarding next steps.

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