Writing a Thank You Letter after the Interview
It can be extremely challenging for some job seekers to know how to professionally follow-up after a great interview. Following the tips below will help you to craft a gracious thank you note.
What is the purpose of a Thank You Letter?
- Expressing thanks for the interviewer’s time and attention.
- Recapping why you would be awesome for this position (and if you forgot to mention one of your relevant skills in the interview…here’s the perfect opportunity).
- Reiterating your interest in the position and the company – be specific.
- Keeping you at the forefront of the interviewer’s mind.
- Closing strong – if appropriate, remind them of something funny, witty, or topical that was discussed during the interview.
How do you transfer these “purposes” into an actual thank you letter?
Following the above formula, use the purposes as “landmarks” to guide you in writing your letter:
- Use your opening line to Express your thanks: “I wanted to thank you and Mr. Smith for taking the time to speak with me yesterday regarding the IT Help Desk position at HelpDesksRUs….”
- Recap: “After learning more about the duties and responsibilities involved in this role, I am confident that I would both meet and exceed your expectations, due to my previous experience with….” (Highlight your strengths!)
- Reiterate your interest: “I am extremely interested this position, and in working with your company because….” (Remember to be specific here)
- Keep yourself top of mind and close strong: “I look forward to the next steps in the hiring process. I would be available to meet in-person again at your convenience. I hope to hear from you soon and have included my contact information below. Thank you again for your consideration.” Use this opportunity to put some of your personality into the letter – be funny, be witty, but always be professional.
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