Career Resources

After The Interview

A good thank you note will not change your qualifications for the job, but it can tip the scale in your favour if it’s down to you and another candidate. If used properly, it can also improve your standing from how you performed during the interview.

The best thank you notes don’t simply say, “Thank you for your time. It was nice meeting you.” Take it as an opportunity to remind the employer that you have what it takes to deliver results for the job. You can also consider touching on things that are important, but that you didn’t get a chance to talk about, or didn’t do adequately during the interview.

If there was a specific challenge or problem the employer brought up during the interview, put some extra thought into it, and briefly address it with a suggested solution. You may also bring up past experience from a similar scenario and mention that you would be open to discussing further.

A job candidate who takes extra time to craft a meaningful thank you follow-up note is not only impressive, but also memorable.

Here are some general tips to crafting and submitting the best thank you follow-up note.

  • Send the thank you note within 24 hours of the interview.
  • Address key points – Start by expressing appreciation for the meeting, think about highlights from the meeting, and recap on how and why you make a good fit for the job/internship; consider adding additional information you didn’t get a chance to touch on or didn’t adequately address (but briefly), and complete your message expressing excitement on the next steps to the interview process.
  • Remember that this note should be brief (not more than 2 paragraphs long). You don’t want the note to read like a cover letter all over again!

A thank you note is absolutely necessary after each interview. It signals to the employer that you’re still interested and it solidifies the positive impression you’re going for.

By Don Goodman