How to Make the Most Out of Your Post-Interview Thank-You Note

You know the rule. Always write a thank-you note after an interview (and you should), but some notes are better than others. What’s the secret to a perfect letter? Here are nine tips.

1. Say Thank You

Although this may seem obvious, expressing your gratitude goes a long way. Interviewing is time-consuming and stressful for businesses, and the process usually causes people to fall behind on their work. Let your interviewer know you appreciate the time they spend with you. And, if someone went the extra mile by taking you to lunch or giving you a tour, acknowledge those extra efforts.

2. Remarket Your Skills

This is a fantastic opportunity to remind the interviewer why you are a great fit for the position. Revisit the job description or review your interview notes and find two to three of your skills that align well with the company’s values, mission or philosophy. Briefly mention how these traits make you an ideal candidate. If possible, include specific examples.

3. Share Something New

Maybe you forgot to mention something in the interview. Or, maybe you thought of something else after you got home. Highlight any additional information to continue to build your case.

4. Personalize Each Letter

If you interviewed with multiple people, avoid sending the same generic note to everyone. Customize. Of course, this takes time, but it also makes a great impression when interviewers compare letters. Pay attention during the interview process so you can include a specific detail for each person.

5. Be Sincere

The primary purpose of the thank-you note is to show your appreciation. Don’t kiss up, brag or ramble on with a sales pitch. Be honest and authentic throughout the correspondence.

6. Show Enthusiasm

Let the interviewer know you are interested in this job, this company and these co-workers. There is no need to go over the top, but do express your genuine excitement.

7. Keep It Short

Although interviewers welcome a thoughtful, concise and clear note, they are unlikely to read a five-page letter. Show them you are thankful and you respect their time. Thank-you notes should be a positive experience for the reader.

8. Proofread

A single spelling error or typo can derail an otherwise perfectly composed thank-you note. Check your work multiple times. Better yet, ask a friend or relative to proofread for you. When you’ve studied something for a long time, it’s easy to overlook a silly mistake.

9. Don’t Delay

A thank-you note that arrives a week later is a week too late. However, you don’t want to appear overly eager or desperate. A good rule of thumb is to send an email four to 24 hours after the interview. Following up with a written note, a day or two later, is another wonderful way to impress.

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