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Writing Thank You's
Make a Noteworthy Impression

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Writing Thank You’s

Make a Noteworthy Impression

Question: What is the next step in the job search process after the interview?

Answer: Writing and mailing “Thank You” notes.

We have coached many individuals in the job hunt process on the purpose of sending Thank You notes. The “purpose,” if you will, is to keep your name in front of the interviewer, impress them with your personal touch and express continued interest in the position.

Let’s take a look at the anatomy of a job-winning Thank You note.

Hand Written and Snail Mailed

Thank You notes should be handwritten on a nice, simple note card and mailed through the postal system to:

  1. The individual that interviewed you. (If there were multiple interviews, separate notes should be mailed to each individual.)
  2. If a recruiter secured the interview for you, also send a Thank You note to the recruiter.
  3. If someone at the organization treated you with “special” service or care, sending them a Thank You note is also recommended.

Be selective about the card and stamp you choose. It is best to choose generic stamps and card stock that do not reflect your personal beliefs (e.g., using the “I Love You” stamps or specialized stamps for religious holidays are not recommended).

Thank You Note Composition

When writing Thank You’s:

  1. Open by thanking the interviewer for the interview / meeting,
  2. Express your excitement for the position,
  3. Note your talents, and
  4. End the Thank You note by wishing the interviewer continued success and expressing your interest in working for the company and him / her.

Here are some examples:

Dear Ms. Sanders:

Thank you for the time and courtesy you showed me during our phone interview yesterday. As a result of our interview, I am even more convinced that the position of Executive Assistant is exactly the challenge I have been seeking.

In consideration of my several years of varied support experience, interest and enthusiasm, I feel that I am capable of making a real contribution to the continued growth and success of Otto Electric.


Kathy Anderson


Dear Anthony:

Thank you so much for the time you took to meet with me and explore how we might work together. Your company and all that is being offered in the hiring of the operations manager position sounds fantastic. The niche that you are carving in the benefit industry is exciting.

I wish you all the best in your search for the perfect candidate and would certainly welcome being a part of the next step in the interview process.

Kathy Anderson


Dear Sherry:

It was great to meet you last Friday to discuss the exciting opportunity you have for the Director of Operations. The position reflects my standards for operations and I believe that together we would make a great team. The chance to be a part of the great department you are putting together would be fantastic.

I would certainly welcome being a part of the next step in the interview process.

Warm regards,
Kathy Anderson

In Summary . . .

Thank You notes allow the interviewer (or recruiter) to remember the interview and look closer at your candidacy. Use a strong opening. Thank the interviewer. Express your interest for the position and the company.

A well-written Thank You note is a window into your evaluation of the interview and your desire to work with the company. This is an important step in the interview process.


We wish you great success in your job search!

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