The thank-you note is an important piece of correspondence that can help set you apart from other candidates during the job search process.
To send a thank-you note after your interview, you must remember to gather the names and contact information for each person you meet during the interview. Once you have this information you can start writing. Read below for some tips on how to craft a great thank-you note.
Purpose and Etiquette
A thank-you note is always appropriate so you will never misstep by sending one. The best time to send one is after an interview – both phone and in person. This note has a number of purposes. Not only is it polite, but it also enables you to convey gratitude for the interviewer’s time. What’s more, the thank-you note is an opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position and remind the interviewer of one or two of your stand-out qualifications.
Emailed vs. Handwritten
In the digital world we live in, using email to send a thank-you note is perfectly acceptable and welcomed by most employers. An emailed thank-you note is especially appropriate after a phone interview or if the employer is working on a shortened timeline.
On the other hand, a handwritten thank-you note is a nice touch that employers will appreciate because they aren’t received as frequently. After in-person interviews, you can consider sending both an emailed and handwritten thank-you note. That said, make sure the notes contain different wording.
Content and Format
The thank-you note that you write to follow up an interview does not need to be long, but should be thoughtful and contain a few important elements, such as:
It is, as always, the small details that will help you stand out during the job search process. This is why it’s important to take good notes in your interview and show the employer that you’re a stellar candidate with an excellent thank-you note that includes personal touches.
Click the button below to browse our physical therapy career opportunities!