Interview Thank You Notes — Smart Strategy
Always, ALWAYS (if you’re serious about your career) send a thank you note after interview.ing. Do it while the details are fresh in your eager little mind. Promptly (within 2 business days) write and send an after-interview thank you note. I know that was redundant, but I’m emphasizing the importance of this follow-up letter and its many happy returns you’ll enjoy.
The purpose of this letter is to:
• Establish yourself as a high-performer and an asset to anyone you represent.
• Show appreciation for the employer’s interest in you.
• Reiterate your interest in the position and in the organization.
Review or remind the employer about your qualifications for the position. If you thought of something you forgot to mention in the interview, mention it in your follow-up / thank-you letter.
• Demonstrate that you have good manners and know when and how to write a thank-you letter. This also shows that you will reflect a positive image to clients once hired by the company.
• Follow up with any information the employer may have asked you to provide after the interview.
What to do if you don’t hear from the employer
• Before your interview ended, your interviewer
should have informed you of the organization’s follow-up procedures
— from whom, by what means, and when you would hear again from
the organization. If the interviewer did not tell you, and you did
not ask, use your follow-up / thank-you letter to ask.
• If more than a week has passed beyond
the date when you were told you would hear something from the employer,
call or email to politely inquire about the status of the organization’s
decision-making process. Someone (or something) or an unexpected
circumstance may be holding up the process.
A polite inquiry shows that you are still interested in the organization and
this may prompt the employer to get on schedule with a response.
In your inquiry,
mention the following:
Name of the person who interviewed you,
Time and place of the interview,
Position for which you are applying
(if known), and
Ask the status of your application.
Thank-you for initial interview
45 Ridge Road
May 5, 2004
Ms. Anya Bolinger
Dear Ms. Bolinger:
I enjoyed interviewing with you during your recruiting
As mentioned during the interview, I will be graduating in
I have enclosed a copy of my college transcript and a list
Thank you again for the opportunity to interview with Chloe’s Fashion. The interview solidified my interest in becoming a part of your management team. I can
Thank you for on-site interview
|101 Classic Corner
March 31, 2009
Ms. Gardenia Krokus
Dear Ms. Krokus:
Thank you for the opportunity to visit with you and observe
I was particularly impressed with your warehousing procedures.
The expense report you requested is enclosed.
Again, thank you for your hospitality during my visit and
Follow-up After Not Getting the Job (a rare but useful letter to add to your repertoire)