The interview and thank you note

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  1. PenCelia

    PenCelia Rookie

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    O.k. pretty frustrated at this point. I had an interview on Wed that I'm overqualified for and haven't heard back yet. I was planning on sending this in either an email or note.

    Dear Mr. X and Mrs. Y: I would like to thank you for the opportunity to interview in XXXX. I enjoyed meeting with both of you and learning more about the Title 1 position and the other position.

    I am qualified for the position since I have held many different positions in the educational setting. I have been a teacher, a Title 1 interventionist in XXXXX teaching both math and reading groups, a tutor for testing and Orton-Gillingham lessons and an aide. For teaching to be successful it is a team effort and my experience in many different positions shows that I am willing to work on a team so that my students can be successful.

    It was great to see how the school that I attended for eight years has grown and changed for the better since I have attended there. I have many wonderful memories of going to school in XXXX and I would love to be a part of making learning fun and creating lasting memories for the students at XXXXX School.

    I look forward from hearing from you soon. Thank you!!!


    Feedback?

    I'm not sure what I do wrong in interviews. My resume packet gets attention more then when I fill out applications online. The only teaching jobs I got were over the phone and after that I moved away for the job. After 2 years I moved home and have had long term sub positions, part time title 1 and subbing. I also had some medical issues GI related. Since I perforated an ulcer it took me longer for me to become an OG teacher. Should I mention it in interview? I have some gaps in employment because of the medical. I'm not sure if I've grown more insecure since I haven't been successful in the interview. I just need someone to offer me a chance. I may not be the best interviewer (yes I do mock interviews and feedback is good.)but put me in a classroom and watch me interact with the kids. Help and how to ask for feedback?
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    You might want to re-work that thank you letter. You use the word 'position' A LOT! (twice in one sentence- its a bit repetitive):sorry: also, you seem to be rehashing your resume. You might want to instead mention something specific discussed during the interview about which you made a good point or demonstrated how you are a great fit for the job.
     
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    I think the thank you letter is too much. Make it short and simple if you are going to write one. Make it personal and don't talk about your experience (that's what an interview is for). I would personally take out the second paragraph all together. Good luck!
     
  5. bella84

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    I agree with the others... It's too long and wordy, and it sounds like a repeat of your resume. Also, not sure of the timeline they gave you, but, if your interview was on Wednesday, I wouldn't have waited until late Friday to send this. Thank-you's should be sent within 24 hours, IMO.
     
  6. burgandy01

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    Just take second paragraph and it's fine.

    do NOT mention your medical issue as they may (faultily) think you may be unreliable in the future due to your health.
     
  7. burgandy01

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    ....just wanted to add that I believe I made a similar mistake. My thank you letter was too long and sappy. Reflecting back, I think it made me look desperate.
     
  8. PenCelia

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    Thanks! I had been looking at sample Thank you examples and they all had three paragraphs. I'm not sure I stressed team work in my interview at all. I knew I didn't get it but a thank you is better late then none at all. Finding appropriate cards to use is not easy. I had to go to a few different places looking for a blank thank you card. How do you ask for feedback so you can improve?
     
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    I would email each person separately and make the emails different.

    What is the "other position" you mentioned in your second sentence? Can you be more specific?

    I agree that it reads as just a recap of your resume. I would try to personalize it to your interview. What were some things you talked about during the interview? Are there any programs or initiatives that you learned about during the interview that interested you? I know you said that you are overqualified for the position, but what makes you want to take this position? Reiterate why you feel you are the perfect fit for the position without going into a list of your qualifications.

    I would keep it short and sweet!

    And only one exclamation after thank you :)


    I know it can be SO infuriating to not hear anything after an interview. Hang in there! You will hear back eventually and you will find something great! Good luck :)
     

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