Post Interview Thank You Letter
A post interview thank you letter isn’t usually the first thing we think about after a job interview. But
it should be.
Before you analyse every move you made during your interview, let’s look at an
important part of the interview process: follow-up. It’s not something you hear
about often, but the fact is that a follow-up might mean the difference between
clinching that dream role and falling into the no thanks pile.
Another bonus: a good post interview thank you letter delivers three key wins:
- It’s an excellent strategy. It keeps your resume
front and centre in the interviewer's mind, and helps you stand out.
shows enthusiasm. By telling the
interviewer you're interested in the role, you remove any doubt, demonstrating your determination and commitment.
polite. Taking the time to write and say thank you shows good
Post Interview Thank You Letter Perfection
Penning the ultimate follow-up
letter need not be daunting. Keep it simple, personalised, and
professional, and reap the rewards.
- Send your follow-up letter within 24 hours.
- Get your interviewer’s name and use it. If you’re
not sure about the spelling, the company website or LinkedIn are good places to search their profile.
- With written communication, your
grammar and spelling should be impeccable, and your tone should be formal
- Use a formal greeting and start the letter by
thanking the interviewer for their time.
- Be positive and take a minute to reiterate how
you are an excellent fit for this role.
- Avoid the copy-and-paste curse. Keep your letter
thoughtful and personalised and mention any relevant details or highlights
from the interview.
- Use your manners. Mention your availability for
another meeting, but don’t ask for a second interview outright.
- Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Typos and
auto-correct slips make a poor impression, which is the opposite of what you
want. Once you’ve drafted your letter, take a break—when you come back to
it, read it again with fresh eyes, fix any mistakes, and send it on its
These tips work for
either a handwritten follow-up letter or an email. Email is the best bet in
almost every case, but if you happen to be interviewing with a more
conservative organisation, consider the handwritten approach, and be sure to
post the letter within 24 hours.
What Comes After the Thank You Letter?
If second interviews
aren’t standard fare with the interviewer, this is the point where hopefully they'll contact you with a job offer. If second interviews are on the agenda, you
should be aiming for one of these. If you haven’t heard anything from the
interviewer after a few days, it’s okay to make a friendly call to follow-up—just
don’t make a nuisance of yourself by doing it repeatedly.
I hope these tips helped you when writing your post interview thank-you letter. Click here for a thank you letter sample.
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