After the Interview: Sample Thank You Letters


    Saying thank you is a small task that can yield big results, especially if it comes after a job interview. Sending a thank-you note within 24 hours of your interview could mean the difference between an offer and a rejection, according to a recent TopResumesurvey.

    “The interview doesn’t end when you walk out the door,” said Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume. “The actions you take – or don’t take – after your job interview can have a major impact on the employer’s hiring decision.”

    Why send a thank-you note?

    If an employer has two equally qualified candidates, the offer will always go to the person who took the time to send a thank-you note, said Augustine.

    “Sending the note sets you apart from the others,” she said. “It shows the employer that you’re polite, that you can follow through, and that you’re truly interested in the role. Also, your note will demonstrate to the employer how well you can write and convey your thoughts in a short amount of space – a skill that is highly valued in myriad roles.”

    When should you send a thank-you note?

    “Timing is everything,” Augustine said. “If you send the thank you right away, your interviewer will either assume you’re sending a generic template that didn’t require much thought or that you’re desperately eager for the job – both of which can be turnoffs to employers.”

    What should be in the note?

    Augustine noted that there are several key points you should hit in your thank-you note:

    • Thank the person for their time.
    • Reiterate your interest in the position, referencing specific aspects of the role and/or company that genuinely resonate with you.
    • Mention something you liked about the interview.
    • Highlight your main qualifications for the position – without reciting your entire resume – and your confidence in your ability to do the job well. Focus on the qualifications that most interested the interviewer.
    • Address any concerns the person expressed about your candidacy.
    • Incorporate little details you learned about the interviewer during small talk to personalize your message and remind the person of the rapport you built with one another.

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