When you interview for a Restaurant Manager, or Chef, position, most likely, the interviewers are meeting with numerous candidates to find the “right fit” for their job opening. There are specific skills they are looking for, in the ideal candidate, that are tailored for the job at hand. However, all interviewers are looking for a candidate who possesses these basic leader character traits: Accountability, Respect, and someone who is Personable.
The hospitality industry is highly competitive and you don’t want to be another number. It is crucial to make yourself stand out from the other candidates. There are various ways that you can accomplish this. One means in particular, and I cannot emphasize it enough, is to write a respectful, yet simple, “Thank You” letter as an interview follow-up. This (often neglected) letter speaks volumes when it comes to the standard attributes all employers are looking for to reach their hiring decision.
The letter can be delivered via snail mail. However, in today’s technological day and age, it is acceptable to send it via an E-mail. Either way, timing is key. It is imperative that you send the letter within a day of your interview, preferably the same day. This will reinforce your high level of interest, while proving that you possess the fundamental characteristics of a true leader.
The “Thank You” letter, or note, should not be lengthy. It should be short and to the point. Start off by simply thanking the interviewer(s) for their consideration and time for the specific job.
Then, briefly state why you believe you are the best candidate for the position, mentioning your proven track record of past successes and skills in particular that match you to the job. This should be no more than a couple of sentences.
Finally, reiterate your gratitude and provide your contact information. Here is an example:
I would like to again thank you for your taking time out of your day today to meet me and for your consideration. I am very excited about this position and hope to hear from you soon.
Often unidentified as a key element in the interview process by candidates, a “Thank You” letter is essential in illustrating that you possess the necessary skills and traits to be the leader all companies desire. It may be the one thing that holds the key to the door in which the offer is behind.