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After the interview

Thank you letters

Your first spoken words likely included "please" and "thank you" for a good reason. It is a good habit to send thank you notes to those who give you their time during your job search. It is especially important to send thanks following an interview. You should send your thanks to the primary interviewer at least. If you were interviewed by more than one person, it may be a good idea to write each individual but make sure you add a personal touch to each note.

Tips for thank you letters

  • Send a thank you as soon as possible (within 24 hours of your interview).
  • Thank you notes can be handwritten cards, typed letters, or e-mails depending upon the style of communication established with the interviewer.
  • If you send via mail, still follow good business letter guidelines.

Your thank you letter should:

  • Express appreciation for the employer’s time and opportunity to interview
  • State when and where you had the interview
  • Reaffirm your interest in the position and company
  • Stress key qualifications for the position and reason for “fit” with the company
  • Highlight something specific from the interview
  • If you forgot something during the interview, you can mention it now
  • Restate your understanding of the next steps in the hiring process
  • Close on a positive note


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