60 Second Guide to… The Post Interview Thank-You Note

It is so important, in a digital world, to have the dignity to sit down and write something in your own hand, It not only strengthens the bonds between people, in your personal life and in business, it also rings an emotional chord.

– Cristiano Magni, PR Consultant in New York Times 

LinkedIn, portfolio websites, CVs – they are all tools that can help you land your dream job. But in an increasingly competitive hiring landscape it can be difficult to stand out, to be different. There is one more tool at your disposal that won’t be commonly used, and if done correctly, will leave an unforgettable impression on the person hiring.

A post interview thank-you note.

It may feel like an odd thing to do, but think about it for a second – who else will do it?

When others are writing a quick email, or not doing anything at all, you have an opportunity to make a lasting impression.

Tips on how to write a thank you note after an interview: 

  • Write the note straight away, either the same day of the interview or meeting. 
  • In the opening of the thank you note or letter show your gratitude by thanking the interviewer for their time and interest in you as a candidate. 
  • The body of the note or letter should allow you to sell yourself and show your enthusiasm as a candidate one last time.
  • Reference specific incidents or talking points that came up in the interview. Highlight again the skills and experience that make you a good fit for the position. 
  • Many people often leave an interview with regret after failing to mention something during the process. A follow up note can be an opportunity to bring up a point you failed to address. 
  • Finally, if you discussed some particular book, article or other artefact with the interviewer and they found it interesting, and you can easily obtain a copy, send it along with your note. 

Follow these simple rules and you’ll be making the most of your opportunity. 

Remember, thank you notes can also be beneficial in other career-related situations; for example a note to a boss for helping you out, a colleagues help on a particular project, a former co-worker for making a networking connection or even a client for their continued support and business. By reinforcing that you appreciate the person’s actions you build an enduring relationship.