Congratulations on your recent interview! Now it’s time to send a thank you letter to each person who was in your interview. This will demonstrate your gratitude as well as keep your name in the minds of hiring managers as decisions are being made.
According to Alison Doyle of About.com, “When asked about the most appropriate way for candidates to follow up, 38% of managers surveyed said that hand-written notes were acceptable, while 87% said email worked. 81% said a phone call was appropriate, as long as the interviewee didn't call multiple times. Social media is another way to say thank you with 27% of managers considering it acceptable.” With this in mind, emailed thank you notes will be appropriate for the majority of your interviews, but use your best judgment.
As you craft your letter, make sure you focus on the following key elements:
Ready to begin? Follow these step-by-step instructions and check out our template (link to download above):
First Paragraph: Use the first paragraph to thank the interviewer(s) for taking the time to meet with you. Mention your interest in the job and how enthusiastic you are about the open position.
Second Paragraph: Include the reasons why you are an excellent fit for the job with a list of specific, relevant skills. The more detailed you are, the more the interviewer will know how your qualifications match the position, but make sure to write concisely.
Third Paragraph: The third paragraph (optional) can be used to mention anything you'd like the employer to know that you didn't bring up in your interview. This gives you another chance to make a good impression, especially if you remembered something you should have said.
Closing Paragraph: Reiterate your appreciation for being considered for the job, and let the interviewer know you are looking forward to hearing from him or her soon. Include your contact information and a final “thank you for your time and consideration.”
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