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The Importance of Sending a Thank You Note After a Job Interview

Updated on September 7, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.


Most people probably never even think to send a handwritten thank you note after a job interview. But it is extremely important to do so and will set you above the pack of other interviewees.

Why is it so important to send a thank you note to a potential employer? It means you are willing to go the extra mile for a job. And in an employer's mind, if you are willing to put in that much effort before you get the job, you have the potential to put in the extra effort at your job once they hire you.

Sending a thank you note after a job interview also gives you the chance to mention something that you may have forgotten to mention during the actual interview. Everyone gets nervous during an interview, so if there's something of importance you forgot to state, you can always add it to the thank you note.

The thank you note after a job interview should always be written within 24 hours after the interview. If you feel your handwriting is not good enough, you can certainly send a typed thank you letter instead.

Here are the best two reasons why it's important to get it to them quickly:

1) Because you want the interview to still be fresh on the employer's mind and

2) You want to make sure that the employer has your thank you note before making any hiring decisions. Waiting a few days or a week may mean that you have missed your chance to impress the boss during the hiring stages. Waiting may mean that they have already decided to hire someone else before they even received your thank you note.

It is important to make sure you get the thank you note to the right person and send it to the right address. During the interview, ask for the interviewer's business card so you will have the correct spelling of his or her name and the company address. Spelling a potential employer's name wrong could send a very negative message to them so you want to make sure you get all of the details correct.

If you are more comfortable with sending an email to thank the interviewer, that is alright as well. The person's mailing address, as well as email address, should be printed on their business card.

Regarding what the thank you note or letter should include, you want to address the following:

1) Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration of you for the position. State the position you interviewed for in case they have seen so many people they can't remember what position you were applying for.

2) Add something positive you know or learned about the company, which gives you the incentive to want to work there.

3) Mention something that you spoke about in the interview, such as new products or programs that the company has started or is interested in starting and how you can be of service to them in that area.

4) Mention again how interested you are in the position, and that you look forward to hearing from them.

And if there is anything you forgot to mention regarding your qualifications or interests, make sure to incorporate that into the letter.

Saying thank you is plain old good manners, and will most definitely leave a good impression with a future employer.

Inexpensive thank you notes can be purchased at The Dollar Tree stores and Dollar General Stores. Both stores carry a nice variety of thank you notes in packages of six or eight for $1.00.

Good luck on your job hunt and don't forget to say thank you!



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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Well Becky, you know what they say, "Better late than never." If you have the interviewer's email address, it can't hurt to send a thank you message now. If not, send a mailed one tomorrow anyway in case theya re still interviewing. It may just be what you need to push you into the front running position. I hope you get the job!

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      Becky Bruce 

      6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Karen, this is such a great idea! I want to use it but I had my interview four days ago.. I only wish I had read this before-hand! I guess I need to be checking out your hubs more often ;)

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      teaches12345,

      Yes, that is true about the key points of the interview. It may help them remember who you are as well!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Great pointers here, Karen. It's so important that you follow up with the thank you note immediately. Also, mentioning key points discussed in your interview will keep the employer aware of how much you have to contribute to the company's success.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Karen,

      Thanks I appreciate it. And no worries about me writing a poor letter lol

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      jpcmc,

      I guess it's personal preference. The employers that I have worked with in the community give me feedback that hardly anyone ever does it, but those who do get brownie points in the hiring scheme of things. I would agree with you on the poorly written ones, and in fact I personally would have trouble hiring someone who can't even write a thank you note for an interview correctly.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I hope it works for you Josh. LOL...I guess you are right. I do love to write...letter, thank you notes, hubs, etc. Good luck with changing jobs.

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Honestly, i don't like getting thank you notes after an interview. Although it's appreciated, I just don't see it as necessary. Plus, the poorly written ones are just clutter.

    • josh3418 profile image

      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Karen,

      For some reason I have never thought of this one! Clever idea, you sure do like the writing letters ideas, and they help! Thanks for this useful tip, I will be changing jobs soon and will definitely be using this idea!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc,

      Thanks for the read. So many people don't even know that they should send a thank you. I don't remember where I have heard about this, but I have been sending them for most jobs in my adult life, and have a pretty good hiring record so it definitely works.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have always done this; I was taught at a very early age that jobs are won and lost by the human connection, that you showed your appreciation for even getting the opportunity to interview. Great hub with a message that needs to be heard by those looking for work.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      cabmgmnt,

      Thanks for reading and your comment. I agree that this is a great idea because it has helped me land jobs as well!

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      Corey 

      6 years ago from Northfield, MA

      I am a big believer in this. It is courteous and has helped me land jobs.

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