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The Importance of Saying Thank You for the Job Interview

There's nothing quite like a thank you note for a job interview. It can put your name and the memory of time spent with you firmly in the mind of the employer/hiring manager. Not only will you be displaying good manners, but sound business sense, as well.

Most job searchers know how important a step it is to say thank you for the job interview but some do just the minimum. They punch out a quick thank you email or buy a standard thank you greeting-style card and then sign their name before mailing it.

Either of these choices is better than none, but if you want to be thought of in a special way send a handwritten note and include a small 'informational gift.' Such an offering could be an article on a subject you discussed or a contact name and address that might be helpful, or a tip or some other piece of helpful advice on a pertinent topic.

Listen to the Conversation

Perhaps the hiring manager is interested in movies or bread-making or American history and you see evidence of this hobby in his or her office. That can spark a bit of conversation. Then when you're ready to write your thank you for the job interview note you can locate some token of information to include.

You might have a friend, relative, or co-worker that shares this interest. He or she might know of something you could send to the hiring manager that would 'make' his or her day.

Learn Something New and Share It

Ask for help if you're unfamiliar with the topic. For example, one hiring manager admired a piece of jewelry the job candidate was wearing. She inquired about where to purchase it so the job candidate asked the friend that had bought it for her and then forwarded that information to the hiring manager. A simple action such as this can make a huge difference in whether or not you are remembered when it's time to select the final man or woman for the job.

Look to the Future

Keep in mind that you are creating a relationship that may lead to the job you want. Therefore, consider how important it is to write a thoughtful thank you note for the job interview and to make contact with the employer in a way that shows you as the considerate and appreciative person you are - one he or she will likely want to call back for a second interview.