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“Thank God for that” I hear you say when you get home and sit down with a cup of tea; the feeling of overwhelming stress starts to drift from your body and a warm feeling of relief enters your soul. However, there is still one more job to do before you sit back and wait for the post to drop on your door mat with the job offer and that is write a letter to your interviewer offering your thanks for the time afforded to you. You need to do it immediately prior to a decision being made about the job. After all it is only courteous and professional to thank someone for the time they have given you. A short letter of thanks to the interviewer is going to give the impression that you have manners; that you really have appreciated the time given to you; that you are a professional person who has good and upstanding morals and that you want to stand out from the crowd to prove that the job really is important to you. It sounds old fashioned but for most employers these are all qualities that an interviewer will be looking for in their ideal candidate and if the decision in close between you and a competitor it could tip the scales in your favour. There is another purpose to writing a thank you letter and that is that you will be one of the few that will bother to put any effort into doing so. What will this achieve? Well, when it comes to selection time, if you are the only person to have written a thank you letter that will be a plus point above everyone else. In turn you will stand out from the crowd and your name will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression in the interviewer’s mind. I am not saying that this is going to swing the job in your favour, as there are going to be many factors involved when the interviewer is making his or her decision, but it could do.

What does the letter need to say? Only you can decide what to write but it could be something along the lines of “Thank you for giving me the opportunity of meeting with you this afternoon. I very much appreciate the time you have afforded to me. I would like to say that I am very interested in the job and should there be anything further you would like me to clarify please contact me on my mobile number provided on the top of my CV. I look forward to hearing from you in due course”. It might be that there was something you forgot to tell them about yourself at the interview and you could add this but keep it brief and only add it if it really is relevant. The idea is for the interviewer to read and remember the letter not have to spend fifteen minutes wading through it.

Once you have finished your letter and rushed down to the post box to get it off first class, it’s probably a good idea to go back and reflect for a short time on how the interview went. There might have been areas where you felt you said the wrong thing or there were things you wished you had said, but had forgotten. You may have made comments that your interviewer appeared impressed by; points that you may undoubtedly wish to use in future interviews should you not get this job. By the same token there may have been questions you didn’t feel you gave good answers to. Try and analyse the whole interview as best as you can and jot down any plus points you can come up with or ways in which you can improve your general technique for the future. If you don’t jot them down within a day or so you will have forgotten them, so even if you only have a scrap piece of paper write them on it; you never know when they may come in useful. 

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