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After the Interview

Thank you Letters

Your first spoken words likely include "please" and "thank you" and with 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 a thank you following an interview. You should send a thank you 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 individual 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 letter, or e-mail 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, you can mention it now
    • 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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