Thank you letters

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After you have landed your desired internship position, it is essential to show your gratitude and write a thank you note or letter. Ideally, you should send out a thank you note right after the successful job interview.

Writing a thank you note will not only get you noticed, it might also give you an advantage over other candidates. It shows your future employer that you are grateful and will appreciate the job. Thank you notes also give you the chance to reinforce your interest in the position and add anything you forgot to mention during the interview.

Who should you address the thank you letter to? It is best to send a thank you note to every person involved in the interview – naturally, that is the interviewer, but it might also involve managers or administrative assistances who were helpful. Always personalise the note and address it directly to the person. Make sure to spell the name correctly and use titles where appropriate.

In general, typed thank you letters (real letters or emails) are recommended. However, some managers prefer handwritten notes. Consider the size of the company and the level of familiarity you felt during the interview – it will help you to make the right choice.
Even if you type your thank you letter, your signature should always be handwritten and legible.

If you are not sure what to write, review thank you letter samples or guides online, but never copy their sentences one to one – it would suggest that you are lazy and not willing to make an effort.

You may also view your thank you letter as a sales letter – what you “sell” in it are your skills and your personality. Restate why you want the job, what your skills and qualifications are and so on. If there was a question in the interview that you did not answer as well as you could have, this is your chance to mention it again and make it right. In certain circumstances, you may want to send an “influence letter” – a more detailed letter which includes additional information on your skills and qualifications for the job.

The most important thing before sending your thank you note or letter: Check your spelling and grammar. Ideally, have it proofread by someone capable. If you are in doubt about the correct names or titles of your interviewers, call the office to double-check – better safe than sorry.

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