Are Thank You Notes Outdated?

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Have you ever sent out a thank you note after you have had an interview? No? Then you might be missing out on one more opportunity to be remembered by the interviewer. A thank you note puts you right in front of the when they might be making the decision about who to hire.

There is one thing you need to remember about thank you notes. They do give you the chance to make a good impression but they also give you the opportunity to make a bad impression. If you send a thank you note that looks like it should have been sent to friend, it is too casual. Stay away from text speak. “u wer a grat dude,” is going to guarantee that you do not get the job! Keep it formal and make sure your spelling and grammar are perfect.

Keep thank you notes short and to the point.

Start with a thank you message in the first paragraph and follow up with a reminder of part of your conversation that you think you did well on.

Here is an example of a thank you note:

Dear Mr. Smythe, 
I want to take a moment to thank you for the opportunity to speak with you regarding the position for Accounting and Payroll personnel. I enjoyed meeting you and getting a better feel for your company. 
After our conversation regarding ethics I am even more convinced that I am the right person for the job and I hope that I will have the opportunity to meet with you again in the future 
Jane Doe

A few more things to remember regarding thank you notes:

  • Keep it short.
  • Do not bring up new topics.
  • Do not try to fix something that you did wrong in the interview – it will only remind them of it.
  • Do not ask for another chance.
  • Send your thank you note by email if possible.
So, to answer the question - no, thank you notes are not outdated.  They are a valuable tool that you can use to increase your chances of getting the job you want.