Sending a PA or NP interview thank you note could tip the scales in your favor.
One simple action can give you a big push toward your dream job. Take time to write a PA or NP interview thank you note! This seemingly small investment in your Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) job search can have a big payoff.
Sending a genuine note of thanks will reinforce your professional reputation. It shows respect and appreciation to the interviewers for the time they have invested—and will continue to invest—in considering you for the position.
A PA or NP interview thank you note is also a wonderful way to express your interest in the position. Choose the right words, and you’ll stay top of mind. You can also gently clear up any areas where you feel you may have fallen short in the interview.
PA & NP Interview Thank You Notes Made Easy
To write a professional thank you note, just follow these guidelines.
- Ask for a business card from everyone you meet during the interview. This little secret makes it easy to send personalized thank-you notes.
- Always use professional stationery, blue or black ink, and have a plan for what you want to say before you start writing to avoid mistakes on the actual thank you note.
- Mail your cards within 24 hours of your interview
Wondering what to say? Here are some helpful pointers.
- Thank the interviewer for his or her time
- Clearly portray your excitement and strong interest in the job and organization
- Reemphasize your qualifications for the position – Clearly align your qualifications with their requirements
- Remind the interviewer of the points you feel you connected on – such as how you are the best candidate to help solve a specific gap, issue or problem they have
- Briefly mention other information that you intended to highlight during the interview
- Offer to provide additional information, if needed
- State how you will follow-up (e.g. “I will call you next week” or “I am looking forward to your call as we discussed…”)
What if you aren’t interested in the position? The professional thing to do is to send a note of thanks for the interviewers’ time and consideration anyway. Politely mention that this particular position is not right for you at this time. The interviewers will respect your honesty, and you’ll keep from burning any bridges.
Rediscover the Lost Art of the Handwritten Note
There may be times you won’t be able to send a handwritten card. In these situations, sending an e-mail can be appropriate, and is certainly better than nothing! However, in this day and age of emailing and social media communication, the applicant who takes time to send a professional hand-written note will definitely be remembered for their courtesy.
You can access more valuable information on PNP job interview thank you letters here.
Jill Gilliland is President of Melnic an APRN and PA national recruiting company. Jill is a speaker and publicist on areas such as job strategies, branding and marketing, pediatric critical care needs, and additional topics relevant to pediatric nursing and the recruitment business. She has over 12 years of experience in the recruiting industry coupled with a strong sales, healthcare, and technology background. Jill holds a BS degree in Business from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The University of Virginia, Darden Business School. Connect with Jill Gilliland on LinkedIn.