Thank You Letters
Why Write A Thank You Letter
You have put together the resume, the cover letter and gone through the interview - congratulations! Don't
stop now - there is at least one more step before you are through. The thank you letter can not be neglected
in today's competitive market. You need an edge over the other candidates and you can increase your
chance of being hired by writing them - by marketing yourself to them one more time. The bottom line
is that less than 10% of interviewees ever follow-up interviews with thank you letters. If you do, you rise
that much higher to the top of the candidate pool.
How To Write A Thank You Letter
You should plan to send a thank you letter as soon after the interview as possible. To be most effective, it
should arrive prior to the final hiring decision. A thank you letter should say much more than "thank you".
Here are some of important points you may want to include:
• Express Enthusiasm
Convey your interest in and enthusiasm for the organization and the position for which you
interviewed. Try to be specific about why you are interested and how you are a good fit for the
• Address Unresolved Points
Address any issues or questions that came up during the interview that you feel you did not fully
answer. This letter is your last chance to make a positive impression on the interviewer.
• Be Sincere
The letter must be genuine, unique, and sincere - assure them you recognize the importance of
the meeting and appreciate their time.
• Personalize It
You may be one of several interviewees in a short time period - you need to set yourself apart
from the other candidates so they will remember you when you leave. In your letter, highlight a
key point from your interview that you believe the interviewer will remember, and therefore
remember you. Additionally, if you meet with several people, be sure to send them all thank you
letters, each one a bit different; you may not know exact