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Thank You Notes

Thank-you notes should follow every interview as a professional courtesy. Use this protocol to your advantage, keeping in mind the goals of such notes.

To express genuine appreciation for the employer's time and consideration. To reaffirm your interest in the position and to cite additional qualifications you may not have discussed thoroughly in the interview.

  • To clarify information that may not have been positively conveyed.
  • To confirm your understanding of the next step in the application process.
  • To include your expense statement and any other detail of your visit.

In some instances, thank-you notes serve another purpose. Some employers fail to respond expeditiously to job candidates and need a nudge. A polite way to nudge the employer to act is to enclose an updated resume or to comment about any new developments since the initial interview. Another approach is to say that another employer is pressing and a decision is necessary.

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