When you have a job interview, it is important to follow up with a thank you for interview letter. Many people do not know about writing job interview thank you letters, so we’ll give you an example here.
Sending a thank you for interview letter is the professional thing to do. It is also the polite thing to do. And because many people do not do it, it will make you stand out in the mind of the interviewer.
A thank you letter will remind the interviewer of why he or she should hire you. It will draw their attention to your most important experience, skills, and abilities. It will highlight your best qualities and serve as a “snapshot” that sums up the interview in a couple of paragraphs.
Job interview thank you letters should be written as a business letter. Don’t send a handwritten letter or a thank you card. You want to come across as professional, and you want to demonstrate that you have the knowledge and skills to write a proper business letter.
If you don’t know how to write a business letter, it’s time to learn. You can follow our example here, but you should also do a bit of research on how to write a business letter. You can get a book on how to write business letters at your local library, or look it up online.
Your letter should not be too long. A couple of paragraphs will do it. Thank the interviewer for taking the time to interview you, remind him or her of why they should hire you, and let them know you look forward to hearing from them soon.
1705 June Street
Mansfield, OH 44906
Kirkland Business Systems
!907 Trimble Road
Mansfield, OH 44907
June 23, 2008
Dear Mr. Stevens:
I thank you for taking the time to meet with me last Tuesday. I enjoyed talking with you about the tech support position at Kirkland Business Systems. The position seems right up my alley, as you can see from my resume and hopefully gathered from our discussion.
I am certain that my skills and experience can be of use to Kirkland Business Systems. In addition to eight years of experience, I would bring to the position my attention to detail, my creative problem-solving ability, and my ability to work independently and as part of a team.
I appreciate the time you took to interview me, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Job interview thank you letters should be sent immediately after the interview. You want your letter to arrive before the interviewer has time to make a decision about the job, or a decision about who to call in for a second interview. Get your letter in the mail by the next day.
Make sure you spell the interviewer’s name correctly. If you are not sure how to spell it, call the company and ask the receptionist.
If you are interviewed by more than one person, send them each a thank you letter.
If you have a second interview with the same person, you do not need to send a thank you letter after the second interview.
Feel free to write to us if you have any other questions about job interview thank you letters.