One thing many candidates forget is to send a job interview thank you letter. Let’s learn from a short story, how one man distinguished himself from 9 others by the simple fact of giving thanks.
Luc 17:12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.
Luc 17:13 And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
Luc 17:14 So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
Luc 17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,
Luc 17:16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
Luc 17:17 So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
Luc 17:18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?"
Luc 17:19 And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."
10 of them were qualified to receive their healing (they had faith for healing), only one was qualified to get saved (the one that came back to give thanks).
Similarly, maybe 10 of you will be qualified to get an interview but if you are the only one sending a thank you letter, you might as well be the only one qualified to get hired. But beyond showing your gratitude to the interviewer, the letter is also a golden opportunity to position yourself ahead of the other candidates. It is an ideal complement to the interview and can help you re-summarize your strengths in regards to the position, provide better answers to some concerns in the mind of the interviewer and demonstrate again your interest for the company and the job. It also shows your proactiveness. As you can see, there are many benefits in sending a thank you letter. With regards to timing, you should send it no later than 24 to 48 hours after the interview. Whenever possible, It should reach the company before they evaluate you after the interview.
The prerequisite for sending the letter is a self-evaluation of your performance during the interview.
This should be done right after, while everything is still fresh.