(Closed) What do you write in interview thank you emails?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Short and sweet is best in my opinion.  I’m not an expert on things like cover letters and interview thank you notes, but I usually go with something like this:

Dear Mr. Smith,

I want to thank you for meeting with me on Wednesday and taking the time to consider me for the blahblahblah position.  I am excited about the prospect of working with SuperDuperFabulous, Inc.  Please let me know if I can provide you with any further [information/writing samples/whatever].  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Me

ETA – Google can be really helpful with this kind of stuff – business-oriented and career-seeking websites usually have pretty good samples, and you may be able to find something tailored to the kind of job or profession you’re interviewing for.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It is always better to sound confident than desperate – if you are confident that you could do the job well, its okay to project that. But, I guess the point of the thank you is to thank them for taking time out of their day to meet with you – not a closing statement to sell yourself to them.  So really just thank them, express your interest, and wish them the best of luck in making a decision. I’ve also heard that a hand-written note really stands out – if the person you met with gets a bajillion emails a day, yours will just get buried in the pile.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

@KitKatNYC: I definitely agree with the hand-written note thing!  And I have also read somewhere that thank-you notes should sum up your “highlights,” so to speak, but I personally always have a hard time doing that without worrying I’m sounding like a jackass, so I generally just thank them for their time.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I like what Melanie11 suggested.  If you want to remind them about something you said (or forgot to say, but it’s on your resume), you could add something like:

I really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about <<company>>, and specifically about the <<position>> job responsibilities.  My extensive background in <<program/subject area/etc>> has prepared me to <<meet strict deadlines, work on complex problems, work with large groups, etc>>.

If you think you did really well in the interview, you may not need to add anything like above.  But I know that in the past I completely forgot to mention a certain program I was familiar with or something like that (it either didn’t come up or I spaced out), so I wanted to point it out and remind them that I was experienced!  

ETA: I also agree that a handwritten note is the way to go! You can be more to the point and not worry about it looking plain and short (like an email might). Plus, it’s a nice personal touch!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

This is one that I sent out fairly recently… I tailor them to each job/interview.

Mr. XXXXX,

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy week to speak with me yesterday regarding a position with XXXXXX Company.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my excitement at the prospect of working with you. I feel that with my experience and ability to quickly grasp new technologies I would be an excellent fit in for the XXXXX Position.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.

Sincerely,

XXXXX XXXXX

Edit: A handwritten note is certainley the best way to go but with the way many companies reach hiring decisions in a very short amount of time my policy is to send both an email immediately after the interview that very same day and drop a note in the mail.

Post # 8
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1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I handwrote notes and mailed them keeping it short and sweet. Thank you for taking time, considering me, showing me around it was nice meeting you, so on. I Googled for ideas and just kind of made it work for me.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Here is one I wrote recently (I’m in the process of job hunting / interviewing right now too).  I tailor them to each specific interview/position but follow the same type of format in terms of what I bring up/include:

Interviewer,

I just wanted to thank you for taking time to meet with me today and I appreciate you sharing more information with me about the XX position.

I am excited to have found a position where I will be able to see the direct benefit that my efforts and COMPANY’S products provide for our patients.  The position also provides a great opportunity to be able to interact and communicate with so many different people and personalities each day and will keep me on my toes since each day and each patient will be different from the ones before.  (aka – why I’m excited about the specific position)

It sounds like there is already a very strong team in place there in City Name and I am excited about the opportunity to join them and continue working to expand and strengthen the territory.  (insert something specific that was discussed in the interview that would contribute towards this goal)

I really enjoyed speaking with you and it reinforced my strong interest in becoming a part of the field organization as a Postion Name.   I look forward to the opportunity to work with you in the future as a part of the City Name team.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Me

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