Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Writing a thank you note for your interview.

So do you write a thank you note or email after completing your PA school interview?
To write or not to write...

Is it always a good thing to do?  Or is it, as my mother would have said, "de rigeur", i.e. a must, a virtual requirement?

Certainly this is an individual decision that each applicant will handle as suits their personality.

But my take on it is why pass up an opportunity to express your sincere gratitude when completing this important step in your application process?  Just as we write hand written thank you's to our grandmothers and Aunt Susie's for birthday and graduation gifts, so should we cordially extend our gratitude to our superiors as they extend us the chance to educate ourselves professionally.


How to write the "thank you":

When writing your thank you note, keep these guidelines in mind:
  • Choose an understated card or stationery piece
  • Establish a professional tone
  • Write legibly (skip the heart over the i this time!)
  • Write simply and sincerely
  • Be brief and to the point
  • Send your letter or note immediately following your interview while your impression is still fresh in the mind of your interviewer
  • Close with a "sincerely," "best regards," or other professional closing and your best signature

Here are a couple of forum posts and links on this topics that I found helpful:

Thank you note for interviews discussed on mypatraining.com. 

http://physician-assistant-ed.com/2011/01/physician-assistant-interview-personalized-thank-you-note/

http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/msscha/PremedCSS/thank_you_notes.pdf

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