How to Write Post-Interview Thank Yous

thank you interviewTo be honest with you, I never used to write thank yous after an interview.  I grew up in a time when jobs were abundant, and I never had trouble getting a call back.  There was only one interview I ever went on that didn’t result with me getting a position.

The reason I didn’t write thank you notes wasn’t because I was ungrateful; it was because I had somehow never heard of the practice.  But it’s a good practice and can help you stand out if you’re only one among a sea of applicants.  So on my most recent job search I researched and executed.  I don’t know if it’s what got me the job, but it certainly didn’t  hurt.  At the very least, it’s polite and starts your working relationship off on the right foot.

The first thing you want to do is get some stationary that’s professional.  It can be formal thank you cards or just blank notes.  The important part is the professional part.  Then do some brainstorming to fill in this template:

Dear {name here—the person that interviewed you—can be first or last name depending on how formal the interview was},

Thank you for your time and the opportunity to interview for the {name of the job} position on {whatever day you interviewed}.  {List one thing you’re looking forward to if you get the job; preferably something that was referenced in the interview.}  {List one thing you look forward to contributing.  This could either be something you presented in the interview that you want to reinforce or something that you can’t believe you forgot to bring up while you were there.}  I am looking forward to hearing your decision.  {OPTIONAL:  Insert something personal you learned about them while you were there.}

Sincerely,

{Your first and last name here}

Now a totally generic example:

Dear Mary,

Thank you for your time and the opportunity to interview for the sales staff position on Tuesday.  I was really impressed with the high energy level that you maintain on the sales floor, and would love to be part of such a motivated group.  Should I be selected for the position, I’m looking forward to expanding your customer base within the Hispanic community with my strong sales record and bilingual capabilities.  

I look forward to hearing your decision, and hope the company softball game went well!

Sincerely,

Jessica Rodriguez

 

A handwritten note is best, but in this digital age some people are just as satisfied with  an appreciative email.  Make sure to get it in the mail as soon after the interview as you possibly can.  Decisions are sometime made quickly, and not getting your thank you in the mailbox until a week later dilutes it’s effectiveness.

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14 thoughts on “How to Write Post-Interview Thank Yous

  1. brian503

    Personal touch does go a long way these days, because the job hunting/applying process has become so informal with online applications. This is a nice way to stand above the rest.

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  2. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    Great post! This kind of info needs to be shared more often, as it’s not really talked about much in the education system. It’s that “go the extra mile” touch.

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      True. I learned about resume writing, but feel I was lucky to get that. No one ever told me about the thank you note!

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  3. Holly@ClubThrifty

    I really like your new site design! I think that a post-interview thank you note is a nice touch! We used to get them from people at my old job and it always made those candidates stand out.

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Very valid point. I’d say an email is better than nothing, but if you can get to a mailbox within 24 hours, do it up snail mail style.

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      I’m glad I’m not alone in my non-knowledge! I would definitely try this out if you’re having trouble hearing back.

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  5. lisavstheloans

    Nowadays in a tech-driven world, hand written notes are rare and should help you stick out. This is a great template for a thank you note!

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