My Medical Device Sales Career
I outlined an unfortunate and very true story on how a Thank You note cost Tom a job offer. I encourage you to read what happened to Tom in my earlier article to fully appreciate the simple techniques I outline below that could have prevented him from losing the job (see Tom here).
Thank You Notes do matter during the interview process! Just think, these notes are often the first impression of your writing ability, sense of urgency, attention to detail and perhaps even a glimpse of how you will handle future clients and business dealings.
Most professional interviewing situations will require up to 5 interview steps and often an equal number of people involved in the process! Wow, that is a lot of Thank You Notes and a great number of opportunities to either fail, sail or simply miss the opportunity to utilize this tool to your advantage.
There are 3 elements to understand when attempting to build a Thank You Note that really stands out in a positive way; Basics, Strategy and Art! Perhaps it is the Eat, Love and Pray concept for building a meaningful Thank You Note. Afterall, if it helps you get the right job it could help make your life more meaningful! Ok, a stretch, but couldn't pass up the movie buzz this past week!
Let's start with the Thank You Note basics that may not WOW the people you are interviewing with, but at the same time it will not cost you the job.
7 Thank You Note Basics
These basic 7 tips would have probably prevented Tom from losing the job offer, but he still had other problems going on with those Thank You Notes! This leads us to the true art of writing a strategic thank you note and to do that, you must remember the true essence of what a thank you note is all about. Do you remember?
Do you remember when you did something really special for someone and they sent you a thank you note that touched your heart, made you feel great or maybe even more special than perhaps whatever you did to deserve the thank you note? If you ever experienced that, then you know what it is like when someone has sent you a thank you note that was memorable and made YOU feel special! There is a way to capture part of that heart beat in a business thank you note and to do so successfully; you must understand the underlying strategy and how to artfully implement it for business.
4 Step Strategy
The art of writing a thank you note that is memorable and constructed to further enhance your opportunity for employment must incorporate the 7 Thank You Note Basics and reflect the underpinnings of the 4 Step Strategy. The art is connecting these elements within the appropriateness of the business setting and the chords that were hit during the interview. If you interviewed with someone who has the personality of a fish and it did not go swimmingly, then you stick with the basics and still try to build in the strategy points.
Never try to create an atmosphere in the note that just wasn't happening in the interview! Cold fish aren't going to warm up to a superficial thank you note that implies a warm loving feeling that just wasn't there!
Can a Thank You Note alone secure you a new job? Of course not, but I have witnessed on two occasions where it has prevented a person from getting a job offer after the final interview. Knowing how to write a well crafted thank you note that is strategic, and at the same time making the recipient feel special, is an art form worth learning (just ask Tom!).
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