How To Write A Great Post-Interview Thank You Note

How To Write A Great Post-Interview Thank You Note
by Lauren McGoodwin
Photos Joe Kathrina | October 17, 2014
Here at Career Contessa, any time we interview someone, we wait to see whether they'll write a thank you note or not. You'd be surprises how often they don't—and that's right about when we decide not to hire them. 
Sending a post-interview thank you note can really set you apart from other candidates because it signals your continued interest and solidifies a positive impression with the interviewer. Do not underestimate the follow up! I’ve actually had hiring managers tell me to wait to schedule a second interview until we receive a thank-you note. Yup, it’s that important.

Avoid just going through the motions, because employers will see through a generic note. Instead, tailor your message to the specific interviewer and company by including the following:
  • Your appreciation for the meeting (the “thank you” part!)
  • Something specific about the interview or items discussed
  • Why you are excited about this opportunity
  • A brief explanation about why you’d be a good fit for the job
  • Next steps and your contact information
Make sure to send the note (either via email or snail mail) within 24 hours. Still not sure what to write? Here’s an example:
Dear [interviewer name],

Thank you so much for taking time to speak with me about the [job title] position. I really enjoyed learning more about the position and your description of the day-to-day duties really helped me gain a better understanding of the responsibilities. Our conversation confirmed my extreme interest and I would be thrilled to bring my editorial experience, specifically my interview expertise, to benefit the company goals.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you again for the opportunity to interview. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions!

Best regards,

[Name]
[Email address]
[Phone number]
Something thoughtful and concise like that will usually do the trick—although we've got some other great thank you note templates right here. Now eliminate unnecessary distractions and get to writing!

What are some tricks you've used in your own thank you notes? Did they work?