Showing appreciation for an interview in a timely formal manner can make a strong impression. When you have wrapped a job interview and are certain you are perfect for the position, take one more step.  Send the interviewer a well written and effective thank you note. This can only help your chances of being selected.


Thank you note

An emailed thank you note should be sent within 24 hours after any interview. It shows the potential employer that you are a serious candidate with excellent follow-up skills.

An effective thank you note is a brief, well-written reminder that you are the best candidate for the position. Thank you notes should be thought of as “influence letters,” which unlike a basic thank you note, should do a lot more to influence the interviewer. It should remind the interviewer about your strengths, and also answer any potential objections.

Showing appreciation for an interview

A potential objection is anything the interviewer might think of that would keep you from being viewed as the best candidate for the job. For example, a hiring manager could object to your lack of experience in an industry. You can use your note to point out other professional and educational experiences that can compensate for the lack of industry experience and refute the objection. If anything surfaces that can seem like a weakness, you need to address that in your note.

Your note should also include specific details that will remind the interviewer of your meeting, and of what you can do for the company. You should mention points discussed during the interview and how you feel you will contribute to the success of the organization.

Each person you meet during your interview should get a separate and personalized thank you note. Any one of those people could have a say in your status as a job candidate – don’t miss an opportunity to impress them by not sending a note.

If you were on a panel interview, than every person on the panel gets a note. Make sure you get the business card of each person who interviews you so that you will have the correct spelling and title of each person. It is also a good idea to jot down notes immediately after the interview so that if you need to write three different thank you letters, you will have something unique to put in each letter.

Clear and accurate writing

When it comes to clear and accurate writing, a thank you letter is just like your cover letter and resume – even the smallest error can hurt your chances of making a good impression. If you have handwriting that is not legible, or if you are a poor speller, type out the thank you note and spell-check it. Make sure you have someone else proof it.

Your note should be brief – and should be emailed immediately after your interview while you are still fresh in the interviewer’s mind. You want to be the person they think of when they go to hire!

Sample Letter:

Dear Susan,

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to speak with me regarding the EHS Manager job in Akron. I appreciated your insight regarding this job as well as the overall perspective of your vision and direction for ABC Company. It is important to me that executive management understands and supports the EHS function and there is no doubt in my mind regarding your commitment to safety.

I believe my background and experience will be a good fit in Akron and ABC Company as a whole. Developing and implementing sustainable management systems and programs, working collaboratively within the organization are experiences that I can provide to the organization. My background in consumer products manufacturing and working at different levels within the organization are strengths that will deliver successful results. Safety is a strong passion of mine, driving continuous improvement and protecting the most important asset…people, are goals that I strive to achieve.

I am very excited about the opportunity and would very much like to be part of the ABC Company team. If there is any additional information that I can provide, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Joe Jobseeker