The Art of the Thank You Note

Even if you walk out of a job interview feeling confident that you’ve aced it (and relieved that it’s over) it’s important to remember that you’re not done yet! Thanking your interviewer(s) for speaking with you is not only polite, but taking the time to write a good thank you note can set you apart from other candidates.

  • Be timely. You should do your best to send your thank you note within 24 hours after your interview.
  • Consider your format. If you prefer to send a handwritten note and can ensure that it will be delivered within a day or two after your interview, it can add a thoughtful touch and help you stand out. However, email format is also acceptable and often an easier, quicker alternative.
  • Personalize it. Send a thank you to each person you interview with. Instead of sending a generic email to all interviewers, it’s best to send a personalized email to each person you spoke with. The notes don’t have to be entirely different, but it’s a good idea to mention at least one anecdote from your interview that is specific to each individual person.
  • Restate your case. Remind your interviewers why you’re the best fit for the job! After you thank your interviewer(s) for their time, you should spend a few sentences recapping your qualifications. If you forgot to mention a skill or qualification that is pertinent to the role, your thank you note is a great place to briefly mention it.
  • Proofread! Double and triple check that your writing is free of spelling and grammar errors and that you are sending the note(s) to the correct address(es). If you are sending more than one thank you, be sure that they are each addressed to the correct person.

Overall, a thank you note is a great way to reiterate your interest in a job opportunity and show appreciation to the employer for choosing to interview you. The interview process can be burdensome, but make sure you don’t skip this important step!

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