You must send a thank-you letter right after the job interview. At the very latest, send thank-you or follow-up letters by mail within 24 hours of an interview. You may even want to ensure that the interviewer has your thank-you letter in hand no later than the end of the next day. What should be in a thank-you letter?
5 tips on how to write a thank you letter:
- Begin your letter by identifying the position and thanking the interviewer(s) for their time.
- Refer to something you learned in the interview. Reiterate your interest and how your capabilities match the job description.
- Express how much you look forward to filling this new position and mention one or two aspects of the job you will especially enjoy.
- Type your thank you letter in block or semi-block format, using three or four paragraphs, one page in length, and sign it by hand. The heading at the top should match your résumé and cover letter—usually your contact information. Put the date and name, title, and address of the person it goes to at the top left. The envelope should match the paper type just as with a cover letter.
- Make sure your thank you letter is professional-looking; check it carefully for grammatical mistakes, typographical errors, and misspelled words.