The Art of a Thank You E-mail

March 15, 2017

   

 

Congratulations you just finished your interview and you're confident you did an amazing job.

 

What next?

 

Send a thank you note to express your appreciation for the interviewer's time and your explicit interest in the position. In the electronic age, it is customary to send an email, rather than a hand-written note, to hiring managers. This is a timelier method and it ensures that the recipient can recount your interview without a time lapse.

 

Now, before you hit send, make sure you proofread the email. It's always an excellent rule of thumb to get a second set of eyes on important emails or correspondence.

 

Don't forget that a personalized thank you email is a nice differentiator when often other candidates are not taking the time to highlight what they can bring to an organization and using a generic template. In addition, it is a professional courtesy of thanking somebody for their time.

 

Example of a thank you email:

 

Subject: Thank you – <insert position title> interview

 

<First name>:

 

Thank you for the time you took to meet with me today concerning the <title> position with <name of company or firm>. I appreciate the generous time you spent during the interview process and the conversation was also a pleasure.

 

After our interview, I became even more convinced that my skills and abilities would be an excellent match for the <title> position.  <List a few specific reasons why you are a good fit for the position.  The examples could be talking points that came up in the interview that you want the employer/decision maker to focus on>.  I am very enthusiastic about the potential of working for <name of company or firm>.  My <specific skill(s) or ability> will be invaluable in obtaining the <name of company or firm> goals.

 

Should you have any follow-up questions, please feel free to contact me at <phone number> or <email address>.  I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sincerely,

Full name (i.e. Jane Doe)

phone number (555.555.5555)

email address

 

TIP: Always use an email address that reflects a professional image.  If your personal email reflects a hobby or something that is not relevant to your profession, consider creating a separate email account for your job search, i.e.  jane.doe@gmail.com

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