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Is it Necessary to Send a Job Interview Thank You Card?

Updated on November 3, 2012
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Speaking as a Manager who interviews candidates and makes hiring decisions, thank you cards are very important. They are your last chance to make a good impression and leave the interviewer with a reminder of you. Especially in this economy, where jobs are hard to come by, making the most of your opportunities is extremely important.

If you haven't been sending thank you notes after interviews, I recommend that you do going forward. The thank you note says a lot about you. It can set you apart from other candidates. At minimum, send an email. I prefer a hand written note on nice paper.

How to Write a Thank You Note

Don't "phone in" the thank you note. Make it genuine. Tell them what you learned from the interview, what you can do to help them achieve their goals, and how excited you are about it. Don't make it all about you. Let them know how they will benefit from hiring you.

Sample Thank You Note

Dear ______,

Thank you for the meeting with me today regarding the ____________ position.

I really enjoyed speaking with you and learning about your company's need for ______________ as a way to improve the company's ______________. After discussing _________________ with you, I feel even more certain that I would be able to provide real value to your company by ____________________. My goal is to be an asset to you and your company.

I look forward to speaking with you on ______________ and thank you again for your time and consideration.

$1 Million Thank-You Notes

As the sample thank you note above shows, you need to make sure you tailor the thank you note to that interview, what you learned and what you can do for them. As an extra step you could include information on the topic you discussed. For instance, if I was interviewing for a new Manager position and we discussed employee motivation and retention strategies in the interview, I might include a copy of the HubPages article that I wrote on Inexpensive Employee Motivation and Retention Strategies or provide a link to the page. This shows that I am engaged and care about the topic.

If you haven't written an article on the topic, you could also find a good article that you agree with on the topic. If you think the information is something the interviewer would be interested in, include a copy of the article with the thank you note. Make sure you call out in the thank you note that you are including the article as you thought they would enjoy it. This also shows that you care about the discussion and are willing to take extra steps to show your enthusiasm.

Timing

After your interview, sit down and write your thank you note right away. It needs to get out in the mail that day. Or, better yet, hand deliver it. You want the thank you note to get back to the interviewer quickly because they may be making the hiring decision right away.

Interview Tips

I have written another article titled: Tips for Working in an Office. This is good information for anyone, even if you have been in an office setting for awhile. Read the article before your interview. It might help you while you are in your interview. Remember, the interviewer is looking for someone that cares, wants to do a good job, is a hard worker, and has good communication skills. Make sure you provide examples of how you embody these skills during the interview process.

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    • Ronna Pennington profile image

      Ronna Pennington 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Thank you for the tip!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      You're very welcome Ronna!

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Any tips for getting ahead of the game are a bonus, so thank you. My youngest is in the job market, which is very tough.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      You're welcome innerspin! Glad to help!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Wonderful advice for so many making up the ever-increasing unemployed. Sending a thank you for an interview shows your attention to detail, your willingness to go the extra mile, your professionalism and keeps you in mind to the prospective employer.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks shiningirisheyes! I totally agree!

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      Kelley 4 years ago from California

      Thank you notes for a job interview are definitely a good idea, though I've never tried it. Anyway, you seem to know a lot about job interviews. I guess we all do after a decade or two of that sort of thing, right? But your depth certainly passes mine in that regard. Later!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Kosmo! I have conducted several interviews.

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