Don’t Underestimate The Power of The Thank You Letter

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Don’t Underestimate The Power of The Thank You Letter

Feeling post-interview regret is common. You might ruminate over what you didn’t say or missed opportunities to reinforce your suitability for the role. That’s where a strategic thank-you letter comes in, not just as a polite formality but as a final marketing pitch for your candidacy. Let’s dig deeper into how you can use this follow-up opportunity to make a lasting impression.

When Your Interviewer Shared a Concern

If your interviewer brought up specific criteria and you discussed a perceived weakness in one of those areas, address it head-on in your thank-you letter. Reiterate why this ‘weakness’ actually makes you a strong fit for the role.

When You Didn’t Say What You Should Have

Sometimes, upon reflection, we realize where we faltered during the interview. Use the Thank You letter as a platform to revisit those points and strengthen your case.

When You Sensed Apprehension

Perception is a skill most medical professionals excel at. If you sensed any hesitancy or apprehension from your interviewer, tackle it delicately in your Thank You letter. Don’t assume what they think, but clarify any points you feel you didn’t adequately convey.

When You Really Just Want To Say Thank You

Even if you think you aced the interview, don’t let your guard down. Use the thank-you letter to recap the top three qualifications or skills you discussed during the interview, linking them with the employer’s expressed needs. Reaffirm your ability to meet and exceed those needs.

The Format

Keep your Thank-you letter concise yet impactful. It’s an additional sales tool, but it doesn’t need to be as detailed as your resume or cover letter.

For tips on how to write an effective thank-you letter, check out this article by Harvard Business Review.

Final Thoughts

The Thank You letter is often overlooked as a key component in the job search arsenal. Yet, it offers a unique platform to reinforce your candidacy, clarify misconceptions, and even address weaknesses directly. So, after you’ve sent that thank you note, rest assured that you’ve made the most out of every step in the job-seeking process.

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Author: Rosa Elizabeth, CMRW

Rosa Elizabeth Vargas is a uniquely credentialed executive resume writer with four of the Career Industry’s Top Resume Writing Certifications. She also offers a robust corporate background, blending hiring management accountabilities and HR.

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