Thank You LettersA simple thank you note can go a long way true even when applying and interviewing for new jobs. Finding the right person to fill a position takes effort and time, so is it any surprise that employers and recruiters appreciate when others are thankful for their efforts? Why is it then that many applicants never take the time to write a thank you letter after an interview? The fact is that this simple act of graciousness could make all the difference when looking for new employment.

Writing a thank you note after an interview is far easier than creating a resume and chasing interviews. Use our free Interview Thank You Letter Template to help you get started. Continue reading below for several interview thank you letter samples, additional tips and links to other helpful resources.

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Interview Thank You Letter Template

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Download this Interview Thank You Letter template to help you get a start on writing a thank you letter after an interview. The information and sample interview thank you letters on this page will help you get ideas for what to say and how to say it.

Author: and Brent Weight
License: Limited Use
Required: Microsoft Word® 2002(XP), 2003, 2007, 2010, or OpenOffice.org


Writing a Thank You Letter after an Interview

Formal interview thank you letters are always appropriate after an interview. Use the letter to convey your thanks for the chance to interview and your excitement about the position. You can even use the occasion to communicate additional information about yourself, to reemphasize your strengths or to smooth over a less than ideal interview. If you feel that a formal thank you letter format is not appropriate, consider sending a hand-written thank you note instead. Regardless, your thank you letters or notes should be sent within the first 24 hours and not later than 48 hours.

Other Times to Consider Sending a Thank You Note During a Job Search

Being thankful isn't just for after an interview. Consider these other job search scenarios where expressing appreciation can go a long way. You can use the interview thank you letter format as a starting point and customize it to the circumstances.

  • Consider sending a Thank You Letter for Internship as soon as your internship ends. This may help if you decide to apply for a full time job or help others who come after you to secure an internship.
  • Don't forget to send letters of appreciation to all those who helped you get an interview – those who have connected you to the right people or provided mentoring during your job search.
  • Make sure you send a thank you letter after a second interview or a group interview.
  • You should seriously consider sending thank you letters to each member of an interview panel.
  • When that job offer finally comes, don't forget to send a Job Offer Thank You Letter or perhaps even a more formal Letter of Intent (link) if you are planning on accepting it.
  • If you are considering turning down a job, write a Job Rejection Letter.

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Tips for Writing an Interview Thank You Letter

  • Do your homework before leaving the office complex to get all the needed names and mailing addresses. Better yet, bring a thank you card with you and write it before leaving the premises.
  • Make sure you personalize your interview thank you letter – include specifics about your interview and let your personality show.
  • Keep a box of Thank You Notes and stamps handy so you can quickly get them out the door.
  • If you believe a decision is imminent, then send an Email thank you letter and follow it up with a handwritten note.
  • Handwritten notes are great; just make sure they are legible. If concerned, dictate the note and have someone else (of the same gender) scribe the note for you.
  • Be sure to spell names, titles and business names correctly. Misspelling your interviewer's name would likely counter the benefit of sending the thank you letter.

Interview Thank You Letter Samples

Sample Thank You Letter After an Interview

This is an example of a typical interview thank you letter. Aside from showing thankfulness (and manners), it uses the opportunity to highlight one final time some of the job candidate's strengths and skills.

Bill Stevenson
123 Anywhere Street
Somewhereville, Best State 88889

1/1/2010

Mr. Ryan Francom
IT Manager
XYZ Company
456 Somewhere Road
Best Town, Best State 88888

Dear Mr. Francom,

Thank you for the meeting with me today to discuss the IT Development position. I really enjoyed talking about the position, meeting your team and seeing the facilities. I am very excited by the prospects of joining XYZ Company and becoming part of the IT Development team.

After speaking with you, I am very positive that I will be a great addition to your team. My background in SQL Databases will allow me to provide real value in your efforts to migrate database technologies. Additionally, I am a very fast learner and a self starter which will enable you to put me to work almost right away.

You also mentioned during our discussion that many of your new projects are time sensitive. I want to reassure you that I am accustomed to working extensive hours and under tight deadlines, something I will continue to do at XYZ Company.

Thank you again for your time and for bringing me out to XYZ Company. I look forward to hearing from you once decisions have been made. In the meantime, should you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at (123) 456-7890.

Sincerely,

Bill Stevenson

Example Interview Thank You Note

This is a great example of a simple thank-you note for an interview. While it reinforces some of the qualities of the job seeker, it is not as formal as a thank you letter and is mainly about being gracious.

Nancy Thompson
123 Anywhere Street
Somewhereville, Best State 88889

1/1/2010

Ms. Emily Smith
Sales Manager
XYZ Company
456 Somewhere Road
Best Town, Best State 88888

Dear Ms. Smith,

I wish to take a moment to thank you for your time today. Meeting with you and your staff only made me even more excited to work for you as a sales manager.

The job is a great fit with my background and skills. My experience with retail sales will allow me to connect to your customers and my background in electronics helps me to better understand and communicate your products advantages. My strong written and verbal skills will also be valuable as I communicate with your customers and work internally with the sales and development teams.

I am very interested in becoming a part of your team and working with you. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Nancy Thompson

More Interview Thank You Letter Templates

There are many sample interview thank you letters in the Microsoft Office template gallery in the category Interview Letters, many of which are from the book 201 Killer Cover Letters, by Sandra Podesta and Andrea Paxton. Below are links to a few of them:


More Sample Interview Thank You Letters and Resources


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