How To Write A Great Thank You Note (After The Interview)
Ever been to an interview and struggled with what to do afterwards? Should you write a thank you note, should you not? And for all that is holy, what on earth do you SAY?!!
Not to worry – I’ve got all the answers you need, plus a script in this post on how to write a great thank you note. Read on!
Should you write a thank you note?
Should it be handwritten or via email?
Either is fine, but I will put out a caveat and say that I tend to favor email over hand-written. Hand-written notes are nice, but some companies don’t have great mailroom systems, and you might write a note that never makes it to the recipient. I’d rather you write an email that you know gets through quickly, than a hand-written note that *may* not.
Send it the same day, or no later than the day after your interview (need some interview prep? Here’s our simple and sweet guide to interviewing!).
How to write a great thank you note (here’s exactly what to say):
A great thank you note is broken down into a few parts:
1. Hello and thank you for the interview, expressing your excitement about the job.
2. A reference to a story or piece of information from your time together that makes the note personal to that person – so they know it’s not a generic note.
3. A simple closing.
In practice, a good thank you note can look like this:
Dear John –
It was so nice to meet with you on Tuesday, talking with you only increased my excitement about the job!
I especially loved your stories about the culture of this organization – more than anything, I want to work for a place that is both innovative and collaborative, and your story about how team meetings work only underscores how much you value new ideas and teamwork. Company X sounds wonderful.
I very much look forward to hearing from you, if there’s anything else you need from me, please let me know!
Here’s another one:
Dear Beth –
Thanks so much for meeting with me today to talk about the open position for account manager. Company X is my absolute first choice for a place to work, and what you shared with me only made me more excited about the job.
Also, I agree – the proposal process is broken! But it was fun to brainstorm ways to fix it with you, even if some of them involved candy.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Basically, don’t overthink it. Write something short and human and express your (sincere) excitement. You can do this!
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