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4 Things to Include in Your Post-Interview “Thank You” Letter

Before your mind takes you to the never-ending replay of your interview, a feeling of relief is quick to take over the moment you exit the room. While the hard part may be over, one of the most important touches is still yet to come – The post-interview “thank you” letter. This email or handwritten note is a small gesture that goes a long way and should be seen as a last chance to impress your interviewer. More so, the “thank you” is what could ultimately set you apart from all other candidates, becoming the deciding factor for who is hired into the position. Here are 4 essential things to include in your post-interview letter, placing you ahead of the game and above the other applicants.

Start with Personalization
To avoid appearing like you recycle thank you’s for each post-interview letter, be sure to personalize this note with the interviewer’s name and position you applied / interviewed for. Additionally, include an aspect or job duty specific to the role that interested you and was discussed during your meeting – By calling out details, big or small, this shows the interviewer that you, not only were paying attention, but are genuinely interested in the position.

The “Thank You”
Ultimately, the main point of this letter is to thank your interviewer for taking the time to meet with you and discuss the potential role. When your nerves begin to kick in, it is common to unintentionally skip over the thank you’s in person, as you are eager to jump into the interview questions – Take this time to properly recognize the time spent during your interview, acknowledging this person took valuable time out of their day to meet with you.

A Good Fit
While most of your interview was likely spent discussing responsibilities of the role and how your skills and experience to date would be a great match, be sure to reiterate this in your email. Realistically, the hiring manager has and / or will meet with additional contenders for this position, so it is important to call out your assets and how they would be most applicable to this job. Additionally, this will allow you to hone in on any particular area that you feel would be very relevant to the role, as well as keep your strengths at top of mind for the interviewer.

Next Steps
Ending with an action item is a crucial part to completing your note. By requesting to hear next steps, you are putting the ball in their court – More importantly, if they do not respond in a timely manner, this gives you an appropriate reason to follow-up for more information. Remember to always keep the door open for more conversation and future networking opportunities.