What exactly should you write in that thank you letter after an interview? If you’re dusting off your job search skills and find yourself stumped when it comes to choosing the most effective language, you’re in the right place.
Here’s the thank you letter language I used to land a six-figure job offer:
Thank you for meeting with me today to discuss the JOB TITLE role at COMPANY NAME. It was a pleasure learning more about you and your vision for the team. I know I have the technical skills and team-oriented personality needed to be successful in this position and I look forward to the opportunity to prove myself to you.
Here’s Why It Works
This sample thank you letter for interview may seem simple, but there are lots of moving parts that make it effective. Here’s a breakdown of the order:
-Personalize your letter by addressing the interviewer by name. It shows you did your research and pay attention to detail.
-Say thank you immediately. The note does not have to be long, but it needs to do the work of keeping you top of mind.
– Next, you should add a compliment. I like to make it personal and attribute something specific to the interviewer. Most interviews involve talking about the role, the team, and the vision.
-Last but certainly not least, reiterate what you bring to the table by clearly stating why you’re perfect for this role.
As long as you spell the subjects name correctly and can pull a few sentences together, can you really go wrong? Well, yes in fact you can.
I’ve come to learn that it’s not the act of writing a thank you but the execution of said thank you that resonates. And the most important aspects of executing the perfect post-interview thank you letter are delivery and hand off.
Use Quality Stationary
Delivery. Skip the email and go for the handwritten note on high-quality stationary. You’ve likely sent dozens of emails back and forth with your potential employer prior to your interview. A handwritten note will help you stand out.
Crane’s Paper Company is the gold standard in quality paper products and one of my favorite stationery brands. I have a box of their plain note cards at arms reach and grab one for special occasions that call for a handwritten note.
The product is also a durable investment– if stored properly in a cool, dry place one box can stay in tact and last for years.
Make a Clean Getaway
Hand off. Not too long ago, I interviewed for a different position at a large social media platform (wink). After shaking hands with my interviewer, I sat my handbag on a chair and fished around (past my heels, chapstick, and everything else known to man) and pulled out a slightly bent thank you note with the interviewers name on it.
Needless to say, I didn’t get the job.
Was the act of fishing around in my handbag harmless? Maybe. But competition for top jobs with major companies is fierce. In those situations, the name of the game is elimination. And anything can that can rule you out, no matter how small, is fair game.
All that to say– the hand off matters. All situations may not permit a clean hand off, but if possible I recommend giving your thank you letters to a receptionist who can hand them out in your absence or put them in the appropriate mailboxes. Another option is to mail them.
The Bottom Line
Will a handwritten note guarantee you a job offer? Of course not. But in a job market where the objective is to eliminate candidates in order to find the best one, you’ll certainly want every advantage on your side.