In both those cases, the senders won their jobs. But what if they hadn’t? What if they had made a mistake in their thank you letters that killed their chance to get the job?
The Interview Thank You Nightmare
Several years ago, I sent the perfect candidate out to a client to interview for her dream job.
The company was a market leader in a sexy industry, provided deliciously challenging positions, and planned to pay well into six-figures for the job. Plus, they had gorgeous waterfront offices.
She was a perfect fit for the position, a Ten.
She had a great interview, got good feedback on-site, went back to her office, and fired off a thank you note to the hiring Vice President — in which she misspelled his name.
He cared. I got a call saying she was out of contention solely because of this mistake. No appeals allowed. He felt as though it said something about her
lack of attention to detail that mattered to him.
The Interview Thank You Protection Plan
So what do you do to prevent yourself from making the same mistake?
Be sure to take several of your business cards with you to interviews.
At the end of each meeting, offer the interviewer your card and ask them for one of theirs. No one walks around with business cards that misspell their name. No one.
Then, when you write your interview thank you email, letter, or note, make sure you use the name that’s on the card. It’s that simple.
I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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