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Asked by Ashley on April 22, 2015

I just sent a follow up thank you letter email to my interviewer. I just noticed I put an extra letter in her last name. Horrible?? So upset!

Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on April 22, 2015

That is unfortunate mistake.  The severity of it really depends on the individual and the strength of your interview.  It may be overlooked as a simple mistake by the interviewer and your interview will stand on its own merit.  You will have to move on from this but take it as a lesson learned to check and double  your work before sending it out.

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on April 23, 2015

Typos happen, and it isn't the end of the world!  However if the position you've interviewed for requires a high level of attention to detail, then this could be an issue.  For example, when I have recruited for/interviewed administrative assistant candidates, I paid close attention to grammar and spelling.

It might be too late this time, but if you experience a similar issue in the future, I would recommend sending a quick follow-up email apologizing for your mistake.  That will show that you are conscientious and aren't afraid to admit error.  (I've had to send a few of these emails myself!) 

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Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on April 23, 2015

I absolutely agree with the other respondent who suggested sending a follow-up email. When reviewing and interacting with candidates, I always appreciated those who not only caught their mistakes during the screening process, but particularly those who took responsibility for them in a professional manner. A simple acknowledgement and apology will go a long way. 

Shoot over a quick email, mentioning that you caught an error in a previous communication and just wanted to address it. Keep the message short and simple. Close by asking if there are any other documents or pieces of information that they may need at this time, and offer to make yourself available for any follow-up conversations, or next-steps. Thank them again for their time and expertise.

Spelling and grammar can really make a difference to your overall candidacy, though! I'd recommend using this as a reason to double and triple check your resume and your online profiles (like LinkedIn), and making sure everything is absolutely spot-on.  

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Answered by Minde, Hiring Expert at The Schwan Food Company, on May 7, 2015

I have a uniquely spelled name, and coworkers and candidates spell it wrong all the time.  I don't take it personally and rarely chalk it up to anything other than a mistake, but I do appreciate when they send a follow up to acknowledge their error.  A quick note, short and sweet, is just fine!

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