Job Interview Thank You Letter


When job hunting, you should always send a job interview thank you letter. The interview follow up letter is as critical as a resume, yet many people do not know this.




Here’s why the job interview thank you letter is so important

  • It shows potential employers that you are a true professional.
  • It makes you stand out from other job hunters.
  • It reminds the interviewer of why they should hire you.
  • It gives you an opportunity to highlight your most important skills and experience, just like you do in the cover letter you send with your resume.

What goes in the interview follow up letter

  • The job interview thank you letter should include your phone number and email address, so potential employers can contact you easily without having to look for your resume. Your email address, by the way, should not be something “cute.” Use a professional-sounding address.
  • A note of thanks for taking the time to meet with you.
  • A reminder of the position you are applying for (the interviewer may be interviewing for more than one position).
  • A sentence or two about the skills and experience you will bring to the job.
  • Any important points you forgot or did not have an opportunity to address in your interview.
  • The interview follow up letter should contain a closing sentence stating you look forward to hearing from them soon.



What does not go in job interview thank you interview letter

  • The interview follow up letter should be a business letter. It should not be handwritten.
  • It should not be a thank you card, either.
  • Use plain white paper for your interview follow up letter, not colored stationary.
  • Don’t be too familiar. Don’t address the letter to “Dear Marsha” or “Dear Tom.”
  • Grammar and spelling mistakes scream “unprofessional!” Proofread your letter carefully. Use spellcheck if you need to, or have someone else proofread it for you.

Finishing up

  • Type the address on the envelope. You want the envelope to look as professional as the letter inside.
  • Mail your thank you letter as soon as possible after your interview. You want to make sure the interviewer gets it in a timely fashion.

Sample Job Interview Thank You Letter

Alicia Banks
21 W. Hollister Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-679-3024
aliciabanks27@hotmail.com

Hospice of the Miami Valley
Chris Baker
2107 5th Avenue
Hamilton, OH 45049

April 9, 2007

Dear Ms. Baker:

I enjoyed meeting with you to discuss the RN position at Hospice of the Miami Valley. The job sounds very interesting and like it would be a challenge I would very much enjoy.

As I explained in my interview, I have worked in the Oncology Unit at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital for seven years, but am forced to look for a new job as the hospital is closing due to the merger of Mercy Hospitals with Good Samaritan Hospitals. In my position at Our Lady of Mercy, I worked with many patients at the end of life. I would bring that experience to Hospice of the Miami Valley. I would also bring my compassion, dedication, and ability to work as part of a team of health care professionals.

Having worked in a hospital setting for many years, I would enjoy the opportunity to work in a home care setting. I believe I would be very effective in a one-on-one setting with patients.

I appreciate the time you took to interview me, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Alicia Banks






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