Following a job interview, you should always send a post interview thank you note. You’ve sent your resume with cover letter, you’ve gone to the interview, now this is the last step. Job interview thank you notes are what you need to help close the deal.
Why do you need to send a post interview thank you note? There are many reasons. First and foremost, it is the professional thing to do. Secondly, it will help you stand out from other applicants who do not bother to send job interview thank you notes. And many people do not send them. In fact, the employer may be surprised - pleasantly surprised - to receive one.
Remember, sending a post interview thank you note is a professional thing to do. Therefore the note must be professional. Write it as a business letter, just as you wrote the cover letter you sent with your resume. It should be typed on plain white paper, never handwritten.
Make sure you address the post interview thank you note to the person who conducted the interview. Get their name at the interview (or preferably before the interview, at the time the interview is scheduled). If you aren’t sure of their name or how to spell it, contact the company receptionist to find out.
If you are interviewed by more than one person, send job interview thank you notes to all of them. However, if you are called back for a second interview, do not send a second thank you note to someone to whom you have already sent one.
Your interview thank you letter should be short and sweet. Two short paragraphs should do the trick. Remember, the interviewer already has your resume, which they can refer to if they want to recall more about your qualifications, as well as whatever notes they took during the interview. The thank you note is more of a reminder.
Take a look at these sample letters.
Walden-Mills Photo Shop
51 S. Rayburn Street
Flanders, OH 44912
Dear Mr. Davis:
I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the management opportunity at Walden-Mills Photo Shop. After meeting with you, I feel even more certain that my skills and experience coincide with your needs. I would love the opportunity to show you what I can do for Walden-Mills.
If you require any additional information, you can reach me at 513-555-1234. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
St. Thomas Care Center
3333 Medical Park Dr.
Wilmington, GA 30704
Dear Ms. Angelo:
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me last Tuesday and for showing me around the Alzheimer Center. As you know from my resume and from our interview, I’ve worked with older adults for many years in a variety of capacities. I’d love to join the activities department at St. Thomas and continue my work there.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Again, thank you for your time and consideration.
Many people want to follow the post interview thank you note with a telephone call to inquire about whether or not the position has been filled. During the interview, it is acceptable to ask when they expect to make a decision. If you have not heard anything by that time, you may phone to inquire.