When Should You Send a Thank You Letter After an Interview?
After a job interview, it is important to do a follow-up within the same day. It would be more sincere if the letter is handwritten. Survey has shown more than half of hiring managers prefer a handwritten note to an email. If time is a factor – that means the interviwer mentions that they will be making a decision fast, then you should consider sending a thank you email.
Keep the following points in mind as your write and rewrite your thank you letters:
Writing to a specific person:
- Use the person’s name and title.
- Make sure the spelling is correct.
- Thank you letters should never include the salutations “To Whom It May Concern,” “Dear Hiring Partner,” or “Dear Sir or Madam.”
Include the following information:
- Your appreciation for the interview.
- Why you would like the position.
- Explanation of your qualifications and how you can contribute to the organization.
- Make reference to your resume; but don’t repeat the same information.
- State what action you want from them: a job.
- Every interview that you attend should be followed up with a thank you letter.
- Limit your thank you letter to one page.
- Use good quality bond white or off white paper for both the resume and thank you letter.
- Use letter quality or laser printer for a clear sharp copy.
- Check and recheck for accurate spelling and grammar. Do not rely on spell-check.
Sample Thank You Letter
123 Main Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
December 14, 2012
Ms. Marilyn C. Employer
Hammer, Wrench & Saw
150 Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dear Ms. Employer:
Thank you for meeting with me regarding employment opportunities with your firm. I was especially excited to learn that the firm has such an extensive practice in construction law. This knowledge has certainly enhanced my interest in Hammer, Wrench & Saw.
I would be pleased to provide any further information to help your firm reach a positive decision regarding my employment. Thank you again for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Source : Robert H. McKinney School of Law