So you slayed your interview and you aced all the questions about how you handle challenges and what type of learner you are. All done right? WRONG! Now it’s time to set yourself apart from the other candidates. How, you ask? The after interview thank you note of course! If you were Googling “thank-you note after interview” hoping that they would tell you they’re outdated and unnecessary, nice try but nope. Like it or not, thank-you notes are a must. Is an email enough these days? Does a handwritten note really help your chances of getting the job? What should you say besides, “Thanks for your time!  “Don’t worry—I got you.

So, why does it matter?

Because  it shows that you are willing to go the extra mile. You will be judged not only on if you did or did not send a thank you note but also by the information you include. Don’t believe me? I have stats. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 22% of employers are less likely to hire a candidate if they don’t send a thank-you note after the interview. Fifty-six percent said it shows that the candidate isn’t really serious about the position, and 86% said it shows a lack of follow-through.

Can’t I just send an email?

Let’s just get this out of the way: A thank-you email within 24 hours of the interview is 100% necessary.  You want to be sure to leave the right impression on hiring manager’s while you are still fresh in his or her mind.

Be sure to use personalized stationary over the standard “thank-you” card. It displays a level of professionalism,

Now, the hard part. What should I write?

There are two major keys when it comes to writing and effective thank you note. Authenticity and personalization. Address a concern the person brought up in the interview, being sure to highlight anything that stood out to you as interesting. If you’re sending notes to multiple people in one company, MAKE SURE they are not copied and pasted. Be sure to reiterate how much you enjoyed the interview, and meeting the team.

And last but definitely not least, Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Typos or grammar mistakes will almost certainly diminish their impression of you rather than improve it. Who wants to hire someone who doesn’t know the difference between “their” and “they’re”?

So take these tools, write your thank you notes and GET. THAT. JOB