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How to Write a Post-Interview Cover Letter

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator

Your interview is over. You feel good about your chances of landing the job you want. But what if the hiring manager forgets about you or interviews someone else before responding to you? Cut those chances to zero by following up with a post-interview cover letter that moves you to the top of the 'must consider' list.

Keep in mind that few job seekers take time to express their gratitude in writing. A simple 'thank you,' 'I appreciated our meeting today,' or 'I'm grateful we had a chance to get together,' can draw the line between getting hired and being ignored. On which side do you want to land?

Choose right now to write a thank you note in your own handwriting—directly to the hiring manager. Everyone likes to be acknowledged and appreciated. Your follow-up letter will also reveal the kind of person an employer would like to hire––someone who is thoughtful, other-centered, and caring.

You have only one chance to make a great first impression—and a lasting one!

A well-written post-interview cover letter is your passport to excellent job offers. So make it your best.

A personal note that acknowledges your gratitude is the best way to follow up on every interview. It is a known fact that mail which is addressed to a specific person in the sender's handwriting will be opened first.

Following is an example of a clear and precise post-interview cover letter that hits the mark:

Dear Hiring Manager:

I really enjoyed meeting you today. Thank you so much for making time for me. I appreciated the tour of your facility, meeting some of your colleagues, and having a chance to see the department where the new candidate will work. It was very kind of you to invite me to explain why I feel I am the best-qualified person to fill the job opening. Your humor and good eye contact put me at ease. I know I'd like working for your company very much. I felt right at home. Please call if you'd like me to return for a second visit. Give me a date and time that work for you and I'll be there. Again, thank you for meeting with me this afternoon.

Sincerely yours,

Fiona (or Foster) Follow-Up

Take a moment after every job interview to write a post-interview cover letter. Then hang on till the hiring manager follows up with you—inviting you in for a second interview which will likely lead to the job you want.

- Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets."

Visit our friends at Amazing Cover Letters for your "instant" cover letter today. "In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!"

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