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They're two simple words – thank you – but they could be the very thing that lands you the job. So, what does your thank-you letter need to contain?

  • Your contact information
  • The date
  • The contact information of the person you're writing to
  • A greeting (e.g., "Dear Mr. X")
  • Body text that includes a simple, clear and straightforward thank-you and is no longer than four paragraphs. Run spellcheck and proofread carefully.
  • Closing such as "Best" or "Sincerely"
  • Handwritten signature, for mailed paper letters
  • Typed signature

As the hiring process moves more toward automation and speed, taking the time to write a thank-you letter helps you stand out from the crowd and humanizes your application. A thoughtfully written thank-you note goes a long way for your interviewer, plus it provides you with the chance to reiterate your qualifications and add a touch of personality.

"Sending a personalized thank-you note is exactly that – personal," said Rebecca Kiki Weingarten, career transition coach and co-founder/education director at RWRNetwork. "In our high-tech world, it makes a high-touch impact that stands out."

Why are thank-you notes important?

Aside from showing common courtesy, a thank-you note serves other purposes, such as increasing your salary.

According to a study by iCIMS, 63% of recruiters said they would be more likely to hire a candidate who asked for more money and sent a thank-you note than a candidate who asked for less but did not send a note.

Additionally, failure to follow up could leave the impression you're not interested enough to go the extra mile and reach out afterward. 

"First, it is a basic appreciation of the time the interviewer spent with you," said Jodi RR Smith, author and etiquette consultant at Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. "Second, it is a signal to the interviewer that you are aware of higher-level interpersonal skills. Lastly, the thank-you note expresses your ongoing interest in the organization and the job opening."

Smith added that sending a note could show that you know other proper business etiquette, like standing when a client enters the room, not chewing gum in front of the CEO, holding doors open for others, arriving to meetings on time and dressing appropriately.

Following up with an email should be done within 24 hours of the interview, while you're still fresh in the interviewer's mind. Keep the content of the email brief, no more than two or three paragraphs, and reference particular points from the conversation.

Matt Ross, CEO and co-owner of The Slumber Yard, remembers a candidate who went the extra mile in mentioning personal details from their interview. "I briefly discussed my hometown, but what was amazing was that the candidate remembered my hometown and found a way to include it in his follow-up. He said his brother would be passing through [my town], so he made sure to tell him to pick up a cake from a popular bakery there. This not only showed me he was a good listener but also that he was willing to go above and beyond by doing research. It left me with a pretty good taste in my mouth (pun intended)."

What is the preferred method of sending a thank-you note?

Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopInterview and TopResume, said that email is the most common method for sending a post-interview thank-you note "because of its immediacy and ability to attach materials or hyperlink to additional information that can help advance their candidacy to the next interview round."

Augustine suggested that it is still important to check out the culture of the company and figure out which method they would prefer. If you're interviewing at a tech startup or see the company utilizes technology, email would likely be the most appropriate.

On the flip side, if the company seems more old-fashioned and stays to the more traditional side of things, a handwritten note mailed to the office might get you further.

"I prefer handwritten notes," said Rachel Sutherland, founder of Rachel Sutherland Communications. "Everyone loves getting mail, especially something you're not expecting. It's kind of funny to think of snail mail as being special, but in this case, it works."

If you're doing a handwritten note, your method of delivering it depends on the timing of the hiring process. Smith said that if you know they'll be making their decision the next day, write the note as quickly as possible. In that instance, Smith suggests writing the thank-you note in the lobby and asking the receptionist to deliver it as soon as possible.

"The content of the message is more important than the method of delivery, be it email or a handwritten note," said Beverly Friedmann, content manager at MyFoodSubscriptions. "That said, a handwritten card is certainly a nice gesture that you don't typically see these days."

What should be included?

Smith suggested including the following elements in your thank-you note:

  • A salutation. Even if you have been referring to the interviewer in a more casual way, in the thank-you note, use the more formal form of address.
  • A sincere and specific expression of appreciation along with a concise description of what is being appreciated.
  • Remind them of something unique that they spoke to you about in the interview that they might not have discussed with other candidates. This will help the interviewer remember who you are.
  • Confirm you're a good fit for the role.
  • Close with final expression of gratitude.

Augustine cautioned against recapping your entire resume in your thank-you note, since the interviewer has already reviewed it and discussed it with you during the interview, but summarizing your qualifications is appropriate.

As with your resume and cover letter, customize your thank-you note. Double- and triple-check it for grammatical and spelling errors. A typo-filled follow-up can easily ruin the stellar impression you made during the interview. If you met with multiple people, send one note to each person, if you have his or her contact information. 

Does sending a thank-you note really work?

It can, if the note is well written.

"There are times when the candidate has a terrible first round, usually due to nerves," Smith said. "But they took the time to write a sincere and well-considered note explaining their interest in the role and how their experience makes them uniquely qualified." 

Other times, Smith notes, there are phone screens instead of in-person interviews, and those who write a thank-you note are automatically invited back for an in-person interview. Sutherland had a similar experience.

"I got my college internship at The Detroit News because I handwrote a thank-you note," Sutherland said. "How do I know? One day in the newsroom that summer, the editor told me I was the only one who wrote a thank-you."

Augustine noted that sending a thank-you note doesn't automatically increase your chances of getting the job; however, dismissing this bit of post-interview etiquette might decrease your chances of receiving an offer.

"While not every recruiter or hiring manager cares whether a candidate sends a thank-you message, I've never heard of a single one, in any industry, think poorly of a candidate for sending a thank-you note," she added.

Sample thank-you letters

Based on these tips, here are two templates you can follow for a thank-you letter after the interview: 

Good afternoon, Jeanette,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday about the staff writer position with Business News Daily.

It was a pleasure meeting with you, and I truly enjoyed learning more about the role and the company. I especially loved hearing about your in-office MVP vote – it sounds like a great way to boost employee morale!

After our conversation, I am confident that my skills in business writing and experience as a copy editor are a great match for this opportunity. I am very enthusiastic about the possibility of joining your team and would greatly appreciate a follow-up as you move forward with the hiring process.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone. Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you in the near future.

Best regards,
Nicole Taylor

Dear Ms. Smith,

I wanted to reach out to thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday about the social media manager position at Business News Daily.

I really enjoyed meeting you and learning more about where your team is headed. Based on our discussion, it sounds like you have a very exciting year ahead with the site updates and customer base expansion.

With the team at such a critical juncture, I'd love to lend my experience and skills to help the team build a stronger customer base and social media presenceparticularly bringing my unique lens as a marketer that we discussed from my time working at agencies.

I look forward to speaking further with you and your team to see how I might be able to help you reach your goals. If we're a good match, I would be very excited at the prospect of working together.

Sincerely,
Nicole Taylor

Take the time to personalize every letter you send – avoid copying and pasting the same basic form letter. Recruiters will notice these right away, and it won't do you any good.

After you send your email, keep an eye on your inbox. Don't panic if you don't hear back right away – it's normal for a company to take its time in reviewing applications. If several days or weeks go by, send a polite follow-up to ask if there has been any progress in making a decision.

However, don't take this as an invitation to bombard the hiring manager's inbox. Send no more than two well-spaced follow-up emails, and if you don't hear back after that, accept it as a rejection and move on.

For more tips on writing a great thank-you note, visit this Business News Daily article.

Additional reporting by Jennifer Post. Some source interviews were conducted for a previous version of this article. 

A thank-you message via email has a couple of important advantages over the old-fashioned, paper-and-ink variety of a thank-you letter. For example, with an.

If you’re here, you’re likely interested in knowing how to write an interview thank you letter.

In this guide, we explain exactly how to craft your own for any situation, offer a variety of free thank you letter templates, and even provide alternatives (if you’re feeling less traditional).

Table of Contents

  1. Following Up: How to Write a Thank You Letter After an Interview
  2. Interview Thank You Letter Templates
  3. Alternatives to a Traditional Thank You Letter

1. Following Up: How to Write a Thank You Letter After an Interview

The purpose of your letter is to thank your interviewer for their time, recap your strengths as an applicant, and express your anticipation for a follow-up. Although there are many ways to contact your interviewer, emailing is the simplest and most common follow-up method.

General Guidelines

Use these guidelines to ensure that your thank you note is on the right track:

  • Make it prompt. Your thank you note should be sent within 24-hours after your interview.
  • Make it professional. If you made a personal connection with the hiring manager during your interview, you can make a reference to it–but don’t overdo it.
  • Make it concise. Your follow-up, whether it be handwritten or typed, should not exceed one page in length. When detailing the reasons you’d be a strong candidate, keep in mind that you’ll just want to include the major highlights. Your letter should be used as a gentle reminder.
  • Make it interesting. Don’t write a generic thank you letter simply thanking the hiring manager for the interview, and giving him/her vague statements about your abilities and skills. Be specific and reference the conversation you had during the interview.
  • Make it well written. Make sure you’ve edited out all spelling and grammar errors. You don’t want to leave a poor final impression due to careless mistakes.
  • Use a professional letter format. Use a normal font such as Arial, Times New Roman, or Verdana in no larger than a 12 point size and no smaller than 10 point size. Use one-inch margins and no more than double-spaced lines. Avoid anything besides black text – emojis, fluorescent colors, highlighting, all caps, etc., are usually considered tacky. Handwritten letters should be legible, in black ink.

When writing your subject line in your email, make sure you use concrete numbers and words (no “soon, or quick, etc.). Also, be direct and clear – state the purpose of the email. Lastly, make sure to include your name!

Interview Thank You Letter Format

Use our interview thank you letter format, separated into individual paragraphs, to help you structure the perfect letter today!

1st Paragraph — Open your letter by thanking your interviewer(s) for taking time out of their busy schedules to discuss the available position at their company. Reference a personal connection you made with the interviewer and how it has increased your interest in the company and/or role.

2nd Paragraph — Use this section to expand upon the factors discussed in the interview which make you a strong candidate for the position. Explain how your educational background, the experience you gained in your previous role, and your noteworthy accomplishments will allow you to help the company reach its goals.

3rd Paragraph —[Optional Section] If you weren’t able to discuss certifications, skills, or experience which makes you an ideal candidate during the interview, use this section to offer information about these qualifications. You can also use this section to clear up any misconceptions or discuss any point in the interview that you feel you didn’t cover strongly enough.

4th Paragraph — Close the letter by restating your gratitude for the interviewer’s time, your anticipation of their response, and an invitation to contact you if any additional information regarding your application is required.

The breakdown of an email looks something like below:

2. Interview Thank You Letter Templates

A strong thank you note ensures you will leave a good impression in the mind of the person who interviewed you. Luckily, we’ve made it easy for you to make a lasting impression with these free downloadable MS Word thank you notes. All you have to do is select the letter that matches the tone and style of your interview, customize it with your personal information, send it via email or post to the hiring manager, and wait for your job offer to arrive!

Professional Thank You Letter After Interview

If you attended a professional interview, your thank you letter should follow suit with a formal structure and tone. Begin by thanking your interviewer for their time and for the information they provided about the available position at their company. Use the rest of your letter to reiterate how your credentials, professional experience, education, and skills make you an ideal candidate for the position.

It’s appropriate to send a professional thank you letter after your interview in situations where:

  • The hiring manager has used formal communication in their written correspondence and in-person interactions.
  • The work environment of the company you’ve interviewed with places emphasis on professionalism.
  • You didn’t form a personal connection with the hiring manager during your interview.

Click Here to Download This MS Word Letter

Professional Thank You Letter After Interview (Text Format)

Professional Thank You Letter After Interview

[Your Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

_______________________________________________________________________

[Today’s Date]

[Company Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with me about the [Position Title] at [Company Name]. Learning more about [Company Name]’s internal processes, company culture, and planned expansion has only increased my interest in the role and this opportunity to join your team.

As discussed in the interview, my professional experience includes [Relevant Experience], [Relevant Experience], and [Relevant Experience]. I have a proven record of success in the [Industry], as demonstrated by the following noteworthy accomplishments, [Accomplishment], [Accomplishment], and [Accomplishment]. I’m confident that my extensive industry experience, collaborative nature, and dedication to success can assist [Company Name] in reaching the targets you described in our meeting.

[Optional Section] If you weren’t able to discuss certifications, skills, or experience which makes you an ideal candidate during the interview, use this section to offer information about these qualifications. You can also use this section to clear up any misconceptions or discuss any point in the interview that you feel you didn’t cover strongly enough.

Again, thank you for your time and consideration. I’m confident that I would be a valuable addition to the [Company Name] team. I look forward to hearing from you regarding the next steps in the hiring process.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Sincere Thank You Letter After Interview

If you’ve developed a personal relationship with your interviewer, it’ll likely be awkward if you send them a generic or formal follow up after your interview. Instead, opt for a sincere letter that allows you to express your professional appreciation for the opportunity to interview. Make sure you thank your interviewer for their time and attention to your application.

It’s suitable to send a sincere follow up email after your interview in situations where:

  • You’re honored to be considered for the position and hold the company you’ve interviewed with in high esteem.
  • The hiring manager made an exception for your application such as allowing you to submit your resume and cover letter via email after the position closed.
  • The hiring manager made a special effort to accommodate your interview schedule.
  • You would like to reference the personal connection you made with the hiring manager during your interview in an attempt to strengthen your application.

Click Here to Download This MS Word Letter

Sincere Thank You Letter After Interview (Text Format)

Sincere Thank You Letter After Interview

[Your Name]

[1234 Street Address]

 

[City, State, Zip]

_______________________________________________________________________

[Today’s Date]

[Company Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I sincerely thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to discuss the available [Position Title] at [Company Name]. I was delighted to have the opportunity to learn firsthand about [Company Name]’s product and service offerings, company culture, and growth objectives.

I’m impressed by the opportunity your next [Position Title] will have to [Position Description], [Position Description], and [Position Description]. As we discussed, in my previous role, I was responsible for [Relevant Experience], [Relevant Experience], and [Relevant Experience], which makes me perfectly suited for the available [Position Title] at [Company Name]. Given my history of [Accomplishment] and [Accomplishment], I’m certain I can help [Company Name] achieve its pressing short-term goals as well as its long-term goals.

[Optional Section] If you weren’t able to discuss certifications, skills, or experience which makes you an ideal candidate during the interview, use this section to offer information about these qualifications. You can also use this section to clear up any misconceptions or discuss any point in the interview that you feel you didn’t cover strongly enough.

I’m honored to be considered for a position on the [Company Name] team. I’m very much looking forward to hearing from you regarding the next steps in the hiring process. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any additional information or have any questions regarding my application.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Formal Thank You Letter After Interview

If you’ve interviewed for a business professional position, it’s important to send a thank you email to the hiring manager after your interview. In a formal industry or company, a thank you note is used to demonstrate your professional competence and knowledge of business-related formalities. Failing to send a follow-up after your interview may hinder your chances of receiving a job offer.

Sending a formal thank you letter after your interview is ideal for situations where:

  • The industry or company you’ve applied for is known for placing emphasis on formality such as a bank or accounting firm.
  • The position you’ve applied for requires a high-level of formality to be used in your daily interactions with customers, clients, co-workers, and management.
  • The hiring manager conducted a formal interview in which you strictly discussed your application and avoided topics of a personal nature.

Click Here to Download This MS Word Letter

Formal Thank You Letter After Interview (Text Format)

Formal Thank You Letter After Interview

[Your Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

_______________________________________________________________________

[Today’s Date]

[Company Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

It was a pleasure to meet you this afternoon. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to discuss the available [Position Title] at [Company Name]. I enjoyed learning about [Company Name]’s position as an industry leader, its mission statement, and its expansion plans.

As discussed in the interview, I have extensive experience in the [Industry] including [Relevant Experience], [Relevant Experience], and [Relevant Experience]. My proficient [Hard Skill] coupled with my robust [Soft Skill] has allowed me to make the following noteworthy accomplishments in my professional career: [Accomplishment], [Accomplishment], and [Accomplishment]. Given my proven record of success, commitment to quality, and leadership capabilities, I’m confident that I can assist [Company Name] in reaching the goals you defined in our meeting.

[Optional Section] If you weren’t able to discuss certifications, skills, or experience which makes you an ideal candidate during the interview, use this section to offer information about these qualifications. You can also use this section to clear up any misconceptions or discuss any point in the interview that you feel you didn’t cover strongly enough.

Thank you again for your time and attention. I’m I look forward to hearing from you regarding the next steps in the interview process. Please contact me if you require any additional information regarding my application.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Thank You Letter After Phone Interview

A phone interview is often the first stage in the interview process. Unfortunately, without face-to-face communication, it can be difficult to leave your interviewer with a strong first impression. Therefore, we suggest sending a personalized thank you letter to help the hiring manager remember select details from your phone interview. The added personal touch will increase your chances of receiving an invitation for an in-person interview.

It’s important to send a follow-up after your phone interview because:

  • It’ll prompt the hiring manager to invite you for an in-person interview.
  • It allows you to remind the hiring manager of your specific answers from your phone interview and associate them with your name and application.
  • It demonstrates that although you haven’t met the hiring manager in person, you’re serious about the position and interested in continuing with the application process.
  • It grants you the opportunity to provide information about your relevant skills, experience, or education which may have been missed due to a time constraint or faulty connection.

Click Here to Download This MS Word Letter

Thank You Letter After a Phone Interview (Text Format)

Thank You Letter After a Phone Interview

[Your Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

_______________________________________________________________________

[Today’s Date]

[Company Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to conduct a phone interview with me this afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with you about [Company Name]’s future projections as well as the opportunity to join the company as [Position Title].

As discussed in our conversation, I have over [Number] years of experience working in the [Industry]. Throughout my professional history I’ve been responsible for [Relevant Experience], [Relevant Experience], and [Relevant Experience]. This experience has allowed me to hone my [skill] and [skill] and accomplish [Accomplishment] and [Accomplishment]. Given my proven track record for success, I’m confident in my ability to help [Company Name] reach its goals and expand its position as an industry leader in the [Industry] market.

[Optional Section] If you weren’t able to discuss certifications, skills, or experience which makes you an ideal candidate during the interview, use this section to offer information about these qualifications. You can also use this section to clear up any misconceptions or discuss any point in the interview that you feel you didn’t cover strongly enough.

Again, thank you for considering my application and for organizing a phone interview with me. I look forward to arranging a date for me to join you in the office for an in-person interview. I’m confident that I would be an invaluable addition to the [Company Name] team.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Thank You Letter After Second Interview

If you’ve been invited to attend a second interview, congratulations–you’ve made it to what is likely the final round of the hiring process. Demonstrate that you’re a courteous and thoughtful professional by thanking the interviewer for their time and continued consideration of your application in a personalized thank you note.

It’s critical to send a thank you letter after your second interview because:

  • It’s your final opportunity to leave a good impression in the minds of the decision-makers involved in the hiring process.
  • It allows you to express your enthusiasm for the position and gratitude for being selected for a second interview.
  • It’s your final opportunity to address any undiscussed details regarding your application or the interview process.

Click Here to Download This MS Word Letter

Thank You Letter After Second Interview (Text Format)

Thank You Letter After Second Interview

[Your Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

_______________________________________________________________________

[Today’s Date]

[Company Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

Thank you for inviting me to join you this afternoon for a second interview. My interest and enthusiasm for joining the [Company Name] team in the [Position Title] position has continued to grow with each of our meetings. I especially enjoyed gaining a more in-depth understanding of the logistical role I’d fill as [Position Title] in the company structure.

As discussed in the interview, in my previous role as [Previous Position Title] I gained valuable experience [Relevant Experience], [Relevant Experience], and [Relevant Experience]. Throughout my professional career I’ve developed a proven record of success as demonstrated through the following accomplishments [Accomplishment], [Accomplishment], and [Accomplishment]. Given the opportunity to join your team, I’m confident that my initiative, determination, and dedication to success can assist [Company Name] in its expansion and future goals.

[Optional Section] If you weren’t able to discuss certifications, skills, or experience which makes you an ideal candidate during the interview, use this section to offer information about these qualifications. You can also use this section to clear up any misconceptions or discuss any point in the interview that you feel you didn’t cover strongly enough.

Again, thank you for taking the time to conduct a second interview with me. If you require any additional information or have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing back from you, and hope to continue moving forward with [Company Name].

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Thank You Letter After Group Interview

It can be difficult to form a connection with the decision-makers involved in the hiring process during a group interview. Luckily, sending a thank you email after your interview is an easy way to leave a lasting impression in the minds of your interviewers.

A thank you letter after a group interview is helpful because:

  • It demonstrates that you’re a thoughtful and courteous individual who understands the importance of professional politeness.
  • You can highlight relevant credentials or experience which may have been missed during your interview.
  • It gives you the opportunity to clear up any misconceptions or elaborate on a point in the interview you wish you’d covered more clearly.

Click Here to Download This MS Word Letter

Thank You Letter After Group Interview (Text Format)

Thank You Letter After Group Interview

[Your Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

_______________________________________________________________________

[Today’s Date]

[Company Name]

[1234 Street Address]

[City, State, Zip]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name] and [Hiring Manager’s Name]

I would like to thank you [Both/All] of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to discuss the available [Position Title] with me this afternoon. The detailed description you provided of [Company Name]’s business processes, company culture, and internal initiatives has only heightened my interest and enthusiasm for the role.

As discussed in the interview, I have over [Number] years of experience in the [Industry]. I’ve developed proficiency and expertise in [Relevant Experience], [Relevant Experience], and [Relevant Experience]. Throughout my professional career I’ve achieved many noteworthy accomplishments such as [Accomplishment], [Accomplishment], and [Accomplishment]. My extensive experience, proven record of success, and initiative make me the ideal candidate to assist [Company Name] reach the goals you described in our meeting.

[Optional Section] If you weren’t able to discuss certifications, skills, or experience which makes you an ideal candidate during the interview, use this section to offer information about these qualifications. You can also use this section to clear up any misconceptions or discuss any point in the interview that you feel you didn’t cover strongly enough.

It was a pleasure to meet you [Both/All] this afternoon. Thank you for your time and considering my application. I’m confident that I would be a strong addition to the [Company Name] team. I look forward to hearing from regarding the next steps in the hiring process.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

3. Alternatives to a Traditional Thank You Letter

A tricky dilemma faced by applicants deciding how to thank an interviewer. This is hard because different hiring managers might have different expectations, companies might have different cultures, or your personality just doesn’t suit some kinds of responses. Here is our list of methods for following up and useful advice on how to compose your message.

 Phone Call

The direct phone call to a hiring manager can also leave a strong impression. Be careful though- this method isn’t always appropriate.

How to follow up with a phone call

  • If you can, ask for the hiring manager by name. Do your research. If not, ask for “the hiring manager.”
  • Be friendly.
  • Identify yourself first thing. State your name, then your purpose, e.g., calling to check on an application, calling to say “Thank You” for an interview, etc.
  • Avoid word-vomit. You will likely be anxious and want to get out everything you say. Be measured, wait for them to finish speaking, and don’t hog the conversation.
  • Call at convenient times. Morning or mid-afternoon are best. Don’t call right at 4:59.
  • If it helps, prepare a script. Avoid reading directly from your script however. Think of them as “notes.”
  • If the hiring manager or interviewer isn’t available, leave a message and don’t call back for at least a week.
  • If your call was to thank the interviewer for an interview and they weren’t available, send an email at this point.

If the manager isn’t there, instead of calling back, consider writing an email and stating you called. You’ll get credit for having made the call and your message is sure to get to the interviewer.

 Card

The card functions like the letter, but adds a more informal and personal touch to the process. Cards can be small and straight-forward, or they can be a fun way to show a little bit of personality. Obviously gauge the company and interviewer as to how they may respond, but cards have proven useful to many applicants.

How to write a card

  • Choose the right card. If you want to go with something humorous or silly, make sure that matches the personality of the company or interviewer. When in doubt, play it safe.
  • Don’t write too much. You should only use a card if you don’t have so much to say beyond “thanks” and that you’re very interested in the position.
  • Like the letter, you can prepare a card before an interview and then write it immediately afterwards.
  • As you will probably have to write a card by hand, make sure your handwriting is legible and neat. If it’s not, then avoid sending a card.
  • Avoid making a card on your own, unless you can do it at a professional level. Otherwise just buy one – you don’t want to come across as tacky.
  • If you decide to buy a gift, make sure you send a card as well.

 Gift

This one is the riskiest and most expensive, but it also lays it on thick that you want a position.

How to follow up with a gift

  • Pick something the interviewer will find useful or related to the function of the company
  • If you send something general (a gift basket, candles, etc.), make sure you also include a card expressing gratitude as well as identifying yourself.
  • Don’t go overboard – the gift tactic is highly delicate, and for most interviews we don’t recommend it. However, if the interview process has been an exceptionally long one, and if you have developed a relationship of sorts with the organization, a gift could be appropriate. Just don’t spend too much or buy something inappropriate (like flowers or gag gifts).

Which is Best Follow-up Method?

“So,” you might be asking, “which option should I use? Which is best?”

In our collective opinion, we recommend an email first, and a letter second. The email is a surefire way to make sure you get seen and can efficiently convey your thoughts about the interview as well as your gratitude.

The letter does this as well, but it really should mostly be used in the most formal of interviews. Think finance and law, not tech and service. However, we can’t be there to judge every situation, so use your best judgment, think about the personality of the interviewer and the culture of the company, and pick the best option for you. One word of warning – don’t pick more than one. Just like giving a gift can seem like too much, an email and a letter can seem like you are kissing up and kind of begging for the job. Choose one option, do it well, and let it be.

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Thank You Letters and Email

An informal and basic interview thank you letter is appropriate when you have developed a good rapport with the interviewer over a number of contact situations or if the whole tone of the job interview was relaxed and informal.

You can customize this sample basic thank you letter and after interview thank you email to follow up in a professional and enthusiastic manner after your job interview.

Informal job interview sample thank you letter

Date

Dear Susan

Thank you for interviewing me for the Customer Service position yesterday. I enjoyed finally meeting you after all our phone calls and learning more about the position and Rose Retail Corp.

As I told you during the interview I am very excited about the possibility of joining your team. I am convinced that my previous customer service experience in a similar environment will contribute positively to your department and the company as a whole. I would love to work as a member of your team and look forward to hearing from you soon with regard to my application.

Thank you again for your time and interest. Please contact me if there is any further information I can provide.

Kind regards,

Alice Applicant
Email address and phone number

For a more formal and fuller thank you letter.

After interview thank you email

For the sake of speed you might want to send a brief email message straight after the job interview and then follow it up with a more formal thank you letter in the post.

Dear Jack

Thank you for the interesting job interview this morning. I enjoyed our discussion of the new sales position and you gave me a very clear picture of the direction the company is moving in. I was pleased to learn that my experience at XYZ company fits so well with the job and company requirements.

Thanks again for your time and consideration. Please let me know if I can provide you with any further information.

Regards

Joe Jackson

Phone number/e-mail address

Job interview thank you note

Dear Mrs Jones

Thank you for your time this morning. I enjoyed meeting you and visiting XYZ Company. From our discussion I have gained a detailed picture of the position and the company and I am very enthusiastic about this job opportunity.

Thank you again for the opportunity to interview with you and your company and please contact me should you need any further information.

Kind regards

Jane Smith
Contact number and e-mail address

Interview Follow Up Emails

Use an informal style in your thank you letter if you are sure it is appropriate. You will be able to assess from the tone of the interview if you need to be more formal.

Use a formal thank you letter if the situation demands a more conservative and formal approach.

Formal Sample Interview Thank You Letter

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A thank-you message via email has a couple of important advantages over the old-fashioned, paper-and-ink variety of a thank-you letter. For example, with an.

After the Interview: Sample Thank-You Letters

Job Interview Thank You Email (with Samples)

By Susan P. Joyce

A major benefit of emailed thank you notes is that they can be sent -- and received -- very quickly.

A traditional handwritten thank you will take at least one day to be delivered and, depending on the organization, may sit in the mail room or on someone's desk for several days before it is read.

Surveys by both CareerBuilder and Accountemps have indicated that an emailed thank you note is acceptable to most employers in the USA.

However, if the organization feels very "old school," consider sending a formal thank you via USPS (a.k.a. "snail mail") in an envelope with a stamp as a follow up to your emailed thank you.

Remember that employers will view your thank you notes as a "work sample" demonstrating the kind of employee you would be. So, focus on sending the most professional thank you notes that you can, with good spelling, grammar, and use of technology.

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Writing Your Thank You Message

Leave the TO: field empty until you have completed, spell checked, and proofread the message (or put your own address in that field until it is ready to be sent).

Adapt the text in this sample (below) to your circumstances, and customize it to each individual who interviewed you.

If you know the person who is receiving this message, you can be less formal, as in "Dear Mary" vs. "Dear Ms. Jones" -- but err on the side of being more formal rather than less formal when in doubt.

Don't make the mistake of sending exactly the same message to everyone who interviewed you at an employer! Emails are easy to share. Vary the details a bit, or use the second, more customizable sample below.

[More Interview Email Thank You Do's and Dont's.]

Sample Thank You Messages

Replace thetext below [in brackets] with whatever terms are appropriate for you and your situation. Send this very soon after the interview, preferably on the same day as the interview.

Simple Thank You Message Sample

This is a basic, simple thank you message.

Subject: Thank you for the [Job Title] interview on [date]

Dear [Mr./Ms. Last Name]:

Thank you very much for your time today [or yesterday or the date] to interview me for the position of [job title]. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about this job, to meet you and [names of other interviewers], and to see your facility [or offices, location, whatever is appropriate].

As we discussed, I have [months or years] of experience with [technology, tools, or qualification(s) you have that seemed most important in the interview]. With my background and experience, I believe that I could become a contributor to your team very quickly.

I am excited about this opportunity to join [organization name]. Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions or need any additional information.

I look forward to hearing from you [whenever they said they would be in touch or in 10 days if they didn't give you a date].

Best regards,

[Your name]
[Your job title or tag line, like "eCommerce Customer Support Specialist"]
[LinkedIn Profile URL]
[Phone number -- not your work number if you are employed]

More Complex Thank You Message

Replace thetext below [in brackets] with whatever terms are appropriate for you and your situation.

Subject: Thank you for the [Job Title] interview on [date]

Dear [Mr./Ms. Last Name]:

Thank you very much for your time today [or yesterday or the date] to interview me for the position of [job title]. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about this job, to meet you and [names of other interviewers], and to see your facility [or offices, location, whatever is appropriate].

[Reference anything you said that seemed important to the interviewer, like: As we discussed, I find the technology related to using cloud computing fascinating and an amazing opportunity for the future, but security is also a major concern. Keeping XYZ Company's information safe would be a top priority for the person in this job, and I would love to dig deeply into the protective technologies, as well as the threats, to avoid future problems.]

[If possible, reference any "connection" you may have made, like: I enjoyed finding someone else who attended XYZ College and also roots for the hockey team. Hope they make the NCAA Division finals next year!]

As we discussed, I have [months or years] of experience with [technology, tools, or qualification(s) you have that seemed most important in the interview]. With my background and experience, I believe that I could become a contributor to your team very quickly.

I am excited about this opportunity to join [organization name]. Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions or need any additional information.

I look forward to hearing from you [whenever they said they would be in touch or in 10 days if they didn't give you a date].

Best regards,

[Your name]
[Your job title or tag line, like "eCommerce Customer Support Specialist"]
[LinkedIn Profile URL]
[Phone number -- not your work number if you are employed]

[For more information: see Email Thank You Do's and Dont's and Guide to Interview Thank You Notes with more Interview Thank You Note Samples.]

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Staying in Touch After the Thank You's Are Sent

Hopefully, you will get an email in response to this message, but don't panic if you don't hear from them on their deadline. MUCH may be happening that has nothing to do with you at all.

Read 5 Absolute Must-Ask Questions for Your Next Job Interview to get the details you need about how their hiring process works so you have contacts and their guidlines.

If they said they would contact you in a week, DO reach outafter five business days to see what is happening if they have not contacted you when they said they would. If you forgot to ask when they would be contacting you after the interview, five business days is a sufficient gap to demonstrate that you are interested, but not a nuisance.

DO NOT contact them daily -- or even weekly -- for a decision.

DO move on with your job search. This opportunity may happen or it may not. Don't "pause" your job search until you know. Keep searching. Best case, you'll have a choice betweene two (or more) jobs to make. Worst case; you won't lose any momentum.

Bottom Line

It's easy to blow off thank you notes as trivial, but well-done thank you notes are a great way to differentiate yourself from other candidates. Take the time to follow the Email Thank You Do's and Dont's, and send your thank you notes very quickly. If you forgot to send immediate thank you messages, send them as soon as you can --better late than never! Good thank you notes demonstrate the high quality of your work, and all the characteristics you may claim, like: attention to detail, ability to communicate, comfort with technology, and knowledge about the job and the employer.

More About Interview Thank You Notes

[More: The Waiting Game After the Interview by recruiter Jeff Lipschultz and Job-Hunt's 2017 study, Job Seekers: What Happens After You Apply.]


About the author...

Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn.

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