Public Relations Tactics

I Wish I Knew: Giving Thanks After the Job Interview

Publication Date: 10/2005

Source: SO01 Public Relations Tactics
Product Code: 6C-100515
Organization/Author/Firm: Joanna Schroeder, APR
Specialization(s): Career Development
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When you are in the process of interviewing for a job, it is an absolute must to send a thank you letter, even if you don't want the job or feel you didn't have a good interview experience. A little professionalism and respect in the begin-ning of your career can go a long way.

The big question today: e-mail vs. mail. I'm still a little old-fashioned and many in the PR profession are as well. I took an unscientific poll and everyone preferred the traditional, handwritten thank you card sent in the mail. But even this preferred form can have its pitfalls. Don't write a novel.Jot down a few sentences, mentioning something that you found interesting to learn from the person you met."It was really interesting to learn..." Write legibly, use correct gram-mar and spelling, and. most important, spell the name of the person you are thanking correctly.

If you do choose to send the thank you card via e-mail, there are a few etiquette tips you should adhere to.

If you interview with a number of people within the organization, don't send out a blanket thank you note via e-mail to everyone. Spend five minutes to send individual, personalized, thank you e-mails. Also, don't pontificate, don't capitalize words for emphasis and don't overuse exclamation points.Just like a traditional thank you, pick one thing you found interesting and be done. I don't want to read about how you think you can improve our company just because you spent part of a morning with us.And I can't stress this enough - proofread your missive.

Joanna Schroeder, APR, a senior PR executive with The Integer Group, answers questions from new PR pros. She can be reached at