3 Common Mistakes Candidates Make When Writing a Thank You Note

You’ve submitted your resume, filled out the paperwork and completed your interview. Now you just sit and wait until you hear back from your interviewer, right?...Not quite. There’s still one very important thing you have to do within 24 hours.

Write a thank you note.

Sending a thank you note to the individuals you interviewed with is an essential part of the interview process. And since most candidates don’t send a thank you note, it’s an easy way to set yourself apart and keep your name at the top of your interviewer’s mind.

But when it comes to writing a thank you note, there are a few things to keep in mind. Today I want to share the 3 most common mistakes I see candidates make when writing a thank you note.

Mistake #1: Making it too short

Your thank you note doesn’t need to be a page long, but it should definitely be more than a sentence or two. If you don’t take time to think about what you want to say, it can end up sounding vague and make it seem like you’re not that interested in the job. Be sure to include a thought or two about what resonated with you most about the position or what possibilities inspire you. Just remember to keep it concise and to the point.

Mistake #2: Making it too general

Another mistake I see candidates making is writing a thank you note that’s too general. They don’t include any details about the interview, which is one of the reasons why their thank you note ends up being too short. Use your thank you note to talk about what you admire most about the company or the person you interviewed with. And don’t be afraid to mention how the company mission statement aligns with your personal mission statement. You want your thank you note to remind them of the wonderful conversation they had with you.

Mistake #3: Forgetting to make a final “sales pitch”

The last mistake and most crucial thing candidates forget to do in their thank you note is end with why they’re the best candidate. Chances are other people interviewed for the position after you, so you want to remind your interviewer why you’re the best fit for the job. Sell your unique skills, talk about how you’ll contribute to the team and remind them of what you’ll bring to the table.

The thank you note is your very last chance to tell them why you’re the right candidate, so don’t waste the opportunity by making these common mistakes.