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Writing A Post Interview Thank You Letter

Published:  June 1, 2020

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You just finished up your interview and totally knocked it out of the park. Your work is done, right?

Not so fast! Many hiring managers pay attention to thoughtfully and quickly (within a day!) crafted thank you email letters. Sending a follow-up thank you message can be the difference between getting hired or rejected. You’re competing against other candidates for the position, and if you’re neck-and-neck with someone else - this can definitely put you over the top. It’s simply another opportunity to positively influence a hiring decision.

Here’s a few practical tips on crafting a thoughtful, contextual thank you note:

1. Use a subject line that’s short and sweet. “Thank you for your time” or, if more informal, “Great to meet you today”.

2. Start with a personalized greeting (“Hello Jane,” or “Hi Steve,”)

3. Open with thanking them for the opportunity and time to connect for the interview and specify the role. Something like, “Thank you for taking the time to discuss the Software Developer opportunity with me today.”

4. Share a short recap of your qualifications and connect it to the requirements of the position. Maybe try, “My software development experience in an agile environment would make me an excellent candidate for the role.”

5. Affirm you interest in the role and outline why you’re excited to join the team. If you really want to go the extra mile, specify something discussed you think you’d exceptionally well at and explain why.

6. To close things out, assume you’re moving on to the next steps and make yourself available for outreach. For example, “I look forward to this discussing this opportunity with you more. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need additional information.” Share your contact information and send it on over.

There you have it! Now your thank you notes should be a slam dunk. For more advise on crafting thank you notes and leveling up your job search, feel free to reach out to the team here at FIT. In the meantime, check out our Job Board.

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