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Use Your Interview Thank You Note To Shine

August 2nd, 2014

thank you noteAfter the interview, the best follow-up is to send a thank you note. But is that really enough?

With fewer than half the job seekers thanking their interviewer, simply emailing -- the preferred method for 87% of hiring managers -- will make you stand out.  Going the extra mile by referencing a relevant article or blog post, including a work sample, award, or something similar, or rounding out an interview response not only demonstrates your thoroughness, but gives you an extra shot at making a positive impression.

You don't want to overwhelm the hiring manager with a lengthy email or sending more than one or two work samples. But you do want to make sure what you send shows you at your best, and that it supports or supplements some key part of your interview conversation.

If you have a blog of your own or you contribute to a relevant business site, consider posting on a topic that came up during the interview and including a link in your thank you note. It should go without saying that a blog isn't the place to discuss your interview or to say thank you.

If you can avoid sounding gratuitous, and your post is meaty and informative, it's almost guaranteed to impress. Not only does it show you know what you're talking about, you also demonstrate you have the king of communication skills employers want.

 

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