Sending thank-you notes after interviews and networking meetings leaves a positive impression, creates opportunity for ongoing communication, and strengthens your candidacy.
Follow up After Interviews and Networking
Thank-you notes may be handwritten or emailed. Consider the organization’s culture and your contact’s timeline. An email, received quickly, is a better choice after an interview with a quick decision turnaround. After an informational interview, a handwritten thank-you note is a strong choice that will leave a positive impression. If you choose to handwrite your note, use good- quality paper and make sure your writing is legible. Proofread your note to ensure there are no errors. Both hand written and emailed thank-you notes should be sent within 48 hours of an exchange.
Thank-You Note Tips
A thank you note should contain two or three of these elements:
- Show your appreciation for the interview
- Highlight an aspect of the conversation that captured your interest
- Reiterate your relevant qualifications
- Communicate your continued interest in the opportunity
Thank you note example #1:
Dear Mr. Samuels,
Thank you for taking the time to interview me yesterday for a position as a 2019 Corps member of Teach for America. I enjoyed learning more about the organization’s positive impact and left the interview with a heightened enthusiasm for contributing to the movement.
I am passionate about educational reform, and I am committed to ensuring access to a strong education for all students. My leadership experiences at Northwestern have prepared me to motivate students and instill a love of learning within my classroom. Education is paramount to our future, and I am eager to make an impact as a TFA corps member.
Thank you for providing me the opportunity to interview for this transformative opportunity. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you note example #2:
Dear Ms. Hernandez,
Thank you for taking the time to interview me for the position of Financial Services Representative with Pacific Insurance.
I am even more interested in this role after hearing you share details about the position function and the cross-collaborative team structure. Specifically, I am eager to use the skills I have developed in my role as Vice President of Finance for Alpha Beta Gamma combined with the knowledge I gained from my internship at Sure Realty, to deliver the exceptional service that your clients expect and deserve.
I would like to reiterate my strong interest in both the position and joining your team. Thank you in advance for your consideration.