Why You Should Write an Interview Thank you Letter
Job searching not only include resumes and
interviews, but also involves other activities to
ensure that you get the job you want. An interview
should never be considered as the end process of job
searching. It is also important to write an
interview thank you letter.
You must be wondering why you should write an
after-interview thank you letter. Here is
why it is vital:
1. Writing a thank you letter after an interview can
leave a positive impression with an employer and
will distinguish you from other candidates.
2. The employer will remember you. It would be best to
send the letter within 48 hours following the
Don't forget to address the thank you letter to a
specific individual and not just a general title. Be
sure also that you spelled the name correctly and be
sure that you use the right title. There is no graver
sin than to reduce in rank a person of high position.
Make sure also that your thank you letter is business
like in appearance and should never be printed on the
same paper stock as your resume. Always have someone
proofread your letter before sending it to ensure that
Write each thank you letter separately even if the form
is similar for each letter. Likewise, try to highlight
what was discussed in your interview and restate your
qualifications as well as other continuing interests.
And if you have received and accepted a job offer, be
sure that you send your new employer a thank you letter.
This is to show your gratitude and it is also an
excellent way of starting a positive relationship with
your new employer.
When writing thank you letters in response to telephone
conversations and informal interviews you should
remember to write clearly and briefly. And again
reiterate some of the important or major points of the
conversation and then express your gratitude for the
assistance extended to you.
In case you would like to withdraw from consideration
for a position or to turn down an offer, it is best to
send a polite and positive thank you letter. This leaves
a good impression on your part and could open doors for
future consideration if you change your mind.
In situations where you are rejected, still send a thank
you thanking them for the interview which they granted
you. Likewise, express your continuing interest in
working for their company.
If you resign from your employment it would be nice to
send a thank you letter to your previous employer. This
type gesture may generate positive references. Sending a
thank you letter reflects that you are were a grateful