differ in their expectation of a thank you note after an interview. In some
offices, interviewers take offense at the absence of a note and malign
negligent interviewees. In other offices, politeness is a superfluous rather
than central part of the culture. Rather than spending your time deciphering
the expectations of your interviewers, invest in making the thank you note
clinch your candidacy.
should consider the content of your thank you letter as carefully as you
considered the content of your cover letter.
addition to showing appreciation for the time of the interviewer and
establishing another point of contact, your thank you letter should include a
reaffirmation of your particular value to the company now that you have more
information about the job. Use the note to market yourself. By referencing
specific concerns and needs of the company as expressed by the interviewer, you
show the interviewer again that you paid close attention to what she said. By
citing particular ways in which you can address those needs and concerns, you
do the work of connecting the job requirements with your job skills. Making
connections between yourself and the job not only fortifies your aptness for
the position, but it also tangibly demonstrates your interest in the position.
The greater care you take to customize the note, the more personally it will
affect the interviewer. For this reason, it is also helpful to comment on
something specific that you appreciated about the interviewer or what she said.
(Note: be sure that your comments are appropriate and professional.)
there is something important that you forgot to mention during the interview,
you think there might have been a point of miscommunication, or the interviewer
indicated concern over some aspect of your qualifications, you can address
these in the thank you note. When doing so, be certain that your tone is
positive, forthright, and confident.
a sample thank you note:
Thank you for taking the time to interview me yesterday. Your dedication to
ensuring that clients receive what they need from Svens Consulting in the
timeframe they need it is admirable and makes me confident that I would fit
into the culture at Svens.
After speaking with you, I reflected on some of the skills and qualities you
indicated are most important in this position: analytical acuity, project
management, flexibility, and the ability to establish strong relationships with
clients. In my experience as project manager overseeing the delivery of
complicated knowledge management systems to five major clients, my success
depended on these same skills. You had mentioned that miscommunication between
Sven's and your clients periodically causes glitches in providing services.
Since I am adept at developing a strong rapport with clients, understanding
their objectives and expectations, and keeping communication lines open, I
would immediately add value to the team at Svens.
In short, Pat, I am convinced that the Director position would be a good career
move for me and that I would contribute to the success of Svens. I look forward
to hearing from you.
only does the thank you note communicate respect for the employer and reaffirm
your case as a candidate, but it also provides you with an easy excuse for
calling the employer again. When you make sure that the note arrived, you can
take the opportunity to discuss certain aspects of the position, ask the
interviewer whether he or she has any additional questions for you, and
reaffirm your interest in the job.
you note reminders:
the note within 24 hours of the interview if you send it via the mail service
and 48 hours of the interview if you send it digitally.
one note to each person who interviewed you. The interviewers will likely
compare your notes.
the note personal, but professional.
the tone positive and confident.
the note brief; use your words economically.
to specific things that the interviewer said during the interview.
how you can add value to the company.
certain that there are no grammatical or spelling errors in the note.
up the thank you letter with a phone call a week later, if you have not heard
from the employer.