Thank-You Notes After the Interview — Just Do It!

I have an ally!  Danielle Aveta wrote in PR News Online “Writing a thank you note after a job interview isn’t an option; it is a requirement. And in PR, a well-written thank you note is crucial—it’s another test of your communication skills.”

Thank YOU, Danielle.  When I speak on job seeking and point out that few people use this excellent follow-up tool the audience acts shocked.  Yet I’ve been interviewing professional communicators for assignments through PRofessional Solutions for almost 20 years and receive thank-you notes from no more than 25 percent, across ages and experience levels.

Some of Ms. Aveta’s valuable tips:Image

  • Be sure to send a thank you to everyone you met with during the interview process, and personalize them.
  • Include something that picks up on the interview conversation or conveys a point you didn’t get to express in the interview.
  • Write the thank you within 24-48 hours after meeting, but take enough time to craft a thoughtful communication rather than send a two-line email immediately.
  • The thank you shows you were paying attention, are interested and a polished professional.

About Kate Perrin

Kate Perrin is CEO of PRofessional Solutions, LLC, the Washington, DC area's only public relations temporary staffing firm. PRofessional Solutions, founded in 1994, was named one of the 25 largest staffing agencies in the metropolitan area in 2015 by the Washington Business Journal. It's also proud sponsor of Washington Women in Public Relations and the Public Relations Society of America's National Capital Chapter.
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