The "How to's" of "Thank You's"
Writing a thank you after an interview is an important step to not only thank the interviewer for their time but also go further to express interest and keep you on their minds! In fact, doing so can impress the interviewers and sometimes give you the extra edge to get the job offer. Although it can be intimidating to figure out what to write in this thank you, we are here to help.
Writing a memorable “thank you” note:
1. Choose your format
For your thank you note, you may choose to either send in a handwritten thank you card or a thank you email. Make sure that you ask for business cards from each interviewer at the end of the interview so that you have each individual’s contact information.
2. Be prompt
As a general rule, your thank you note should be sent within 24-48 hours following the interview – the sooner, the better! Keep in mind that mailing a thank you card takes longer than sending an email, so the time frame for decision making may impact which option you choose. If you send an email, don’t send it from your cell phone as soon as you leave; take the time to type out a well thought out thank you message.
3. Send personalized notes
Each interviewer should receive an individual thank you note from you. If you connected with the interviewer in some way or appreciated something they said, make sure to note that! As an example, this might be something like, “I appreciated getting to hear about your experience at the University of North Dakota as well and how you got to the position you are in today.” Doing so will help you make a lasting impact.
4. Be professional in your content
Determining what to include is the hardest part of writing the thank you note. However, focusing on these key pieces can help:
- Include the date you interviewed and the position you interviewed for
- Reaffirm your interest and strongest qualifications
- Mentioning any areas in which you connected with an interviewer
- Ask any lingering questions
- Thank them sincerely for their time and consideration
- While thank you notes are important, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on them. Typically, thank you note cards come in packs of 10-12 and are fairly cheap. Target and Walmart have great options for thank you cards!
- Sending a thank you isn’t just for job or internship interviews. Sending one after receiving a scholarship or completing a job shadow is a great way to thank them for their time or gift.
Sample Thank You:
Dear Mr. Johnson,
It was a pleasure to interview with you for the position of Marketing Intern on Thursday, April 12th. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss my educational experience and how I can be an asset to XYZ Company as well as to hear about your career path towards becoming the marketing director. As I see myself pursuing a similar career path long term, it was great to hear about how you started at the University of North Dakota as well and utilized numerous networking opportunities to pursue your goals! After interviewing and learning more about the position and the company from you, I am all the more certain that I would thrive within your organization.
Should you have any additional questions for me, please do not hesitate to call me at 555-5555. I look forward to hearing from you soon.