After the Interview

Thank you letters

Your first spoken words likely included “please” and “thank you” and with good reason.  It is a good habit to send thank you notes to those who give you their time during your job search.  It is especially important to send a thank you following an interview.  You should send a thank you to the primary interviewer at least.  If you were interviewed by more than one person, it may be a good idea to write each individual but make sure you add a personal touch to each individual note. 

Tips for thank you letters
  • Send a thank you as soon as possible within 24 hours of your interview.
  • Thank you notes can be a handwritten card, typed letter, or e-mail depending upon the style of communication established with the interviewer.  If you send via email, still follow good business letter guidelines. 
  • Your thank you should:
  • Express appreciation for the employer's time and opportunity to interview
  • State when and where you had the interview
  • Reaffirm your interest in the position and company
  • Stress key qualifications for the position and reason for "fit" with the company
  • Highlight something specific from the interview that you learned, enjoyed, or appreciated
  • If you forgot something during the interview, you can mention it now
  • Restate your understanding of the next steps in the hiring process
  • Close on a positive note

This sample thank you letter gives you an idea of how to incorporate the tips provided above.