4 Signs Your Thank-You Note Will Hurt You, Not Help You

While the pressure of doing well at the job interview may now be over, there’s still work to be done. Following each job interview, always send a follow-up thank-you note. Not sending one can cost you, but at the same time, sending one that you don’t put much thought into can also cost you. Related: 3 Tips For Crafting A Thank You Follow-Up Letter While the follow-up thank-you note is not the defining factor to whether you will get the job, if written effectively, it does help maintain your standing as an impressive candidate for the job. There are plenty of tips on how to write a good thank-you follow-up note, here we’ll focus on signs to look out for that it is not ready to go and still needs some tweaking for perfection.


1. Check The Small Details

Yes, they may be small details but one little mistake is enough to hurt your chances. Run a fine-tooth comb through your note for any misspellings, errors in grammar, and pay particular attention to who you’re addressing the note to. The last thing you want to do is misspell someone’s name. Like the resume, it requires an extra pair of eyes for proofreading. For more tips, read: “What Spell Check Doesn’t Catch Can Hurt You.”

2. Don’t Be Generic

“Thank you for the meeting! It was a pleasure.” – Of course it was! Just about every other person who’s been interviewed will say the same. Your thank-you note needs to communicate in a way that differentiate yourself from all other applicants. Reflect back on the job interview discussion and highlight a particular point for your message where you can hammer in your qualifications for the job and express genuine interests in working with the individual and company. Avoiding coming off generic also means you are customizing your message to each individual you met with. Never send out the same note because it may be shared between the hiring manager, department head, and others you met with.

3. Keep It Succinct

A follow-up thank-you note is not like writing to a pen pal where it’s okay to run a page or more. Keep the message professional and succinct. Highlight a specific point in the interview that can serve as your basis to communicating your interest and qualifications for the job. It’s also an opportunity to address any concerns you feel the employer may have about you and to clarify on points you did not do sufficiently during the interview. The follow-up thank-you note should ultimately help you build a platform for continued communication with the contact and help keep you fresh in their mind.

4. You Didn’t Get Right To It

If an entire week has passed since the job interview and you’re just getting to sending the follow-up thank-you note now, it’s telling the recipient you don’t care much for the job. It’s always advised to send the message as soon as possible – within 24 hours of the meeting ending. With practically everyone on email today, there’s no reason for the delay. As you’re crafting your follow-up thank-you note, be sure you’re not making any of the mistakes above. Send a message that is unique and effective to help keep you in the running. For more tips, read: “3 Tips For Crafting A Thank You Follow-Up Letter.” This post was originally published on an earlier date.

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