Even after the interview is over, your task is not complete. Make a good impression by sending a thank you letter to the interviewer. It is best to send the letter within two days of the interview, but any time is better than not at all.
Thank you letters should be less than one page, and may be handwritten or typed. Express your appreciation for the interviewer's time and to reiterate your interest in the job. A paper letter rather than an email will show that the job is important to you. However, you can send a thank you email first, especially if the employer gave you a business card with an email address, and follow up with paper letter.
Thank you letters should have three main paragraphs.
- Thank the interviewer for meeting with you and show enthusiasm for the job.
- Briefly reiterate a few skills that make you well suited for the job. Include any important information you forgot to mention in the interview.
- Thank the interviewer again, give your phone number and state that you look forward to hearing from him or her.
When you write your thank you letter, be sure to:
- Write or type the letter on solid white, off-white, or gray stationery
- Use a standard business format
- Use a colon after the interviewer's name and a space after each paragraph
- Spell the interviewer’s name correctly
- Sign your full name
- Proofread the letter and have someone else proofread it, too
As you write your thank you letter, remind yourself that you may be writing to your next supervisor!
If a group interviewed you, write either to each person you spoke with or to the person who led and coordinated the interview, mentioning the other people you met.