Monday, August 26, 2013

5 disastrous job interview thank-you-note mistakes


By AMY LEVIN-EPSTEIN

(MoneyWatch) Be careful to avoid careless mistakes in a hand-written thank-you note; spelling errors will make you look bad. So proofread your note before sealing the envelope -- twice. But some mistakes are harder to spot and may be worse than not sending a note at all. Here are five errors to avoid at all costs. (This is Part 4 of a five-part series on disastrous job interview mistakes. Please read Part 1, "Skype disasters: 4 ways to ruin an online job interview"; Part 2, "5 ways social media can cost you a great new job"; and Part 3, "3 job interview mistakes Gen-Yers make.")

Sending a gift
Not only is this in poor taste, but it can be seen as a bribe, says Diane Gottsman, founder of The Protocol School of Texas. "Sending, or receiving, a big box of steaks on ice is not the right way to secure a job position."
Being generic
By avoiding specifics you'll miss an opportunity to highlight anything you wanted to add to the conversation about your candidacy, says Gottsman: "By pointing attention to something in your background that is very relevant to the position that you are applying for, it is possible to sway the interviewer's decision in your favor."

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