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Thank-you cards might seem a little outdated, but you’d be surprised how effective that level of follow-through is. If a hiring manager has taken time out of their busy schedules to interview you for an open position, you can be sure you are one of the lucky few. Failing to follow up after having the opportunity to meet with the hiring manager in person shows a disinterest or lack of respect for their time and effort. Writing a thank-you note, or sending a follow-up email is an important step in the interview process. So don’t leave things hanging and forget to follow through. Here are a few things you can do to help land the job.

Be Timely

It’s important to act fast when sending a thank-you note. Email is a perfectly reasonable option, but a short handwritten note is a nice way to personalize the thank you as well. By writing something that simply says thank you for your time, you show you are invested in the opportunity and that you respect their time. The key is to do so quickly so the high points of your interview are not forgotten.

Get Personal

Show your commitment to the opportunity by reiterating what you hope to bring to the role. Emphasize the skills and qualifications you feel best align with the needs of the job, or better yet, call back to your interview by referencing a specific topic that went over well in a one-on-one setting. Hiring managers are looking for what makes you unique, so take the time to write a personalized thank-you note really is a must. Avoid canned messages or clichéd templates, and instead think about what it is that makes you such a great fit for the job.

Be Professional

A thoughtful thank you should be sincerely and professionally written. A half-thought or poorly written note will do more harm than good. Take the time to perfect your language, check for errors and show your prospective employer their good opinion means something to you. There really is no excuse for a forgotten or poorly written thank you. This one little note is enough to show hiring managers your professionalism and your respect for them as well.

You show respect through attention to detail, a professional presentation and your in-depth understanding of the job description and how the opportunity fits into the grander scheme of the company’s hiring needs and pain points. The last thing you want is to say something in a thank-you note that makes an interviewer think you may not take the application process as seriously as they do. Recruiting takes up a lot of time and resources. As such ,it is important to express your gratitude in a professional and personalized manner.

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