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Thank You Letter

It's always important to say thank you after any job interview. In addition to thanking your interviewers, thank everyone else who assists with your job search, including references, people who refer you to a job opening and any other employment contacts who helped you. Your thank you note will ensure you stand out and are remembered for your professionalism. Interviewers realize that the job applicant who puts detailed attention and professionalism into their job search is also going to put those qualities into their work

Less than 4% of applicants send thank you notes, so use your letter as a way to stand out from the crowd and make a good impression

If there was something that you wish you had mentioned during the interview, here's your chance to say it by including it in your thank you letter

Thank you letters can be handwritten, typed or sent via e-mail. Each thank you letter should include a thank you for the interview, your interest in the job, your qualifications and skills, and a final thank you

Keep your thank you letters short and simple, but, do use the letter to state your interest in the job, your enthusiasm for the company and to sell yourself as the ideal candidate

Tips for thank you notes:                                

  • Neatly handwrite or type the note
  • Address the note to the interviewer
  • Keep it short. (No longer than one page)
  • First paragraph: Thank the employer for the interview. Also, mention that you are interested in the position
  • Second paragraph: Briefly state a few of your skills without repeating the information on your resume word for word. Include any important information not mentioned at the interview
  • Third paragraph: Provide your contact information, telephone number with area code, and an e-mail address, if available
  • Sign the note with your first and last name
  • Proofread the note to check for spelling or grammar errors. Ask another person to proofread the note
  • Send within 24 hours after your interview

Note: Even if you do not want the job, write a thank you note respectfully withdrawing your application. At some point in the future, you may be interested in a position with that company, or the interviewer may know of another position, in this or in another company. Or, the interviewer may himself may move to another company and be in a position to review applications. In today's business world, especially, you'll want to take every opportunity to network and make a good impression!

 

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