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So, I'm going to walk you through a couple of great thank you email samples to follow up after your interview and make the company want to hire you.

Job Interview Thank You Email (with Samples)

By Susan P. Joyce

A major benefit of emailed thank you notes is that they can be sent -- and received -- very quickly.

A traditional handwritten thank you will take at least one day to be delivered and, depending on the organization, may sit in the mail room or on someone's desk for several days before it is read.

Surveys by both CareerBuilder and Accountemps have indicated that an emailed thank you note is acceptable to most employers in the USA.

However, if the organization feels very "old school," consider sending a formal thank you via USPS (a.k.a. "snail mail") in an envelope with a stamp as a follow up to your emailed thank you.

Remember that employers will view your thank you notes as a "work sample" demonstrating the kind of employee you would be. So, focus on sending the most professional thank you notes that you can, with good spelling, grammar, and use of technology.

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Writing Your Thank You Message

Leave the TO: field empty until you have completed, spell checked, and proofread the message (or put your own address in that field until it is ready to be sent).

Adapt the text in this sample (below) to your circumstances, and customize it to each individual who interviewed you.

If you know the person who is receiving this message, you can be less formal, as in "Dear Mary" vs. "Dear Ms. Jones" -- but err on the side of being more formal rather than less formal when in doubt.

Don't make the mistake of sending exactly the same message to everyone who interviewed you at an employer! Emails are easy to share. Vary the details a bit, or use the second, more customizable sample below.

[More Interview Email Thank You Do's and Dont's.]

Sample Thank You Messages

Replace thetext below [in brackets] with whatever terms are appropriate for you and your situation. Send this very soon after the interview, preferably on the same day as the interview.

Simple Thank You Message Sample

This is a basic, simple thank you message.

Subject: Thank you for the [Job Title] interview on [date]

Dear [Mr./Ms. Last Name]:

Thank you very much for your time today [or yesterday or the date] to interview me for the position of [job title]. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about this job, to meet you and [names of other interviewers], and to see your facility [or offices, location, whatever is appropriate].

As we discussed, I have [months or years] of experience with [technology, tools, or qualification(s) you have that seemed most important in the interview]. With my background and experience, I believe that I could become a contributor to your team very quickly.

I am excited about this opportunity to join [organization name]. Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions or need any additional information.

I look forward to hearing from you [whenever they said they would be in touch or in 10 days if they didn't give you a date].

Best regards,

[Your name]
[Your job title or tag line, like "eCommerce Customer Support Specialist"]
[LinkedIn Profile URL]
[Phone number -- not your work number if you are employed]

More Complex Thank You Message

Replace thetext below [in brackets] with whatever terms are appropriate for you and your situation.

Subject: Thank you for the [Job Title] interview on [date]

Dear [Mr./Ms. Last Name]:

Thank you very much for your time today [or yesterday or the date] to interview me for the position of [job title]. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about this job, to meet you and [names of other interviewers], and to see your facility [or offices, location, whatever is appropriate].

[Reference anything you said that seemed important to the interviewer, like: As we discussed, I find the technology related to using cloud computing fascinating and an amazing opportunity for the future, but security is also a major concern. Keeping XYZ Company's information safe would be a top priority for the person in this job, and I would love to dig deeply into the protective technologies, as well as the threats, to avoid future problems.]

[If possible, reference any "connection" you may have made, like: I enjoyed finding someone else who attended XYZ College and also roots for the hockey team. Hope they make the NCAA Division finals next year!]

As we discussed, I have [months or years] of experience with [technology, tools, or qualification(s) you have that seemed most important in the interview]. With my background and experience, I believe that I could become a contributor to your team very quickly.

I am excited about this opportunity to join [organization name]. Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions or need any additional information.

I look forward to hearing from you [whenever they said they would be in touch or in 10 days if they didn't give you a date].

Best regards,

[Your name]
[Your job title or tag line, like "eCommerce Customer Support Specialist"]
[LinkedIn Profile URL]
[Phone number -- not your work number if you are employed]

[For more information: see Email Thank You Do's and Dont's and Guide to Interview Thank You Notes with more Interview Thank You Note Samples.]

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Staying in Touch After the Thank You's Are Sent

Hopefully, you will get an email in response to this message, but don't panic if you don't hear from them on their deadline. MUCH may be happening that has nothing to do with you at all.

Read 5 Absolute Must-Ask Questions for Your Next Job Interview to get the details you need about how their hiring process works so you have contacts and their guidlines.

If they said they would contact you in a week, DO reach outafter five business days to see what is happening if they have not contacted you when they said they would. If you forgot to ask when they would be contacting you after the interview, five business days is a sufficient gap to demonstrate that you are interested, but not a nuisance.

DO NOT contact them daily -- or even weekly -- for a decision.

DO move on with your job search. This opportunity may happen or it may not. Don't "pause" your job search until you know. Keep searching. Best case, you'll have a choice betweene two (or more) jobs to make. Worst case; you won't lose any momentum.

Bottom Line

It's easy to blow off thank you notes as trivial, but well-done thank you notes are a great way to differentiate yourself from other candidates. Take the time to follow the Email Thank You Do's and Dont's, and send your thank you notes very quickly. If you forgot to send immediate thank you messages, send them as soon as you can --better late than never! Good thank you notes demonstrate the high quality of your work, and all the characteristics you may claim, like: attention to detail, ability to communicate, comfort with technology, and knowledge about the job and the employer.

More About Interview Thank You Notes

[More: The Waiting Game After the Interview by recruiter Jeff Lipschultz and Job-Hunt's 2017 study, Job Seekers: What Happens After You Apply.]


About the author...

Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn.

They're two simple words – thank you – but they could be the very thing that lands you the job. So, what does your thank-you letter need to.

Thank You Email After Interview - 2019 Guide & Examples

examples of interview thank you emails

Writing a thank you note after an interview says a lot about you as a potential employee. Most notably, it says that you care about the opportunities presented to you and appreciate them. This shows your potential employer that you’re the kind of team player with ethics that they would want to make a part of their company.

But writing a thank you email isn’t a brisk and easy task. If you’re sending this email to the company you really want to work for, it has to be absolutely perfect. We’re here to help you achieve the best thank you email with our guide, complete with thank you email after interview samples, tips, tricks, and much more.

Table Of Contents

Before we dive into the guide itself, let’s take a look at why writing a thank you note after an interview is so important.

Why Should I Write a Thank You Note After My Interview?

The most obvious answer to this is that it is simply just polite to send a thank you email after being offered an interview. It certainly isn’t required in order to win that position, no matter what certain controversial hiring managers on the Internet might say.

However, sending a thank you email does set you apart from other candidates because you’re maintaining rapport with your hiring manager. You’re taking an extra step, doing the “extra credit” so to speak. You’re making more of an impression simply because you’re making it clear that you very much want this job and appreciate the opportunity given to you by the company. A thank you letter can be a great little bit of icing on the cake of a great interview. In fact, studies show that 91% of interviewers appreciate being thanked for the interview.

It’s also worth noting that timing is important when penning a thank you note to a hiring manager. Send your email when the hiring manager’s impression of you is still fresh, somewhere between one to two days after the interview takes place.

It also additionally worth noting that if your interview did not go well, was extremely drawn-out, and was obviously not a winner, you should not send a thank you email. You certainly can if you want, and it will make you look very polite. But you shouldn’t feel the need to thank a company or manager for an interview that took an unnecessarily large chunk of time out of your day, only to be a total and complete flop.

Related: 18 Signs Of A Bad Interview (And How To Spot Them)

Now that we’ve covered why and when you should write a thank you email after a job interview, let’s look into all the ways you can craft an excellent attention-grabbing thank you email.

What Should Go Inside My Thank You Email?

This depends so much on the job you were interviewing for, the vibe of your hiring manager, how well the interview itself went, and a wealth of other factors. At the most basic level, your thank you email should include:

  • A genuine and polite “thank you.”
  • A small mention of the interview.
  • A professional sign-off, complete with your contact information. (Just in case.)

That’s really all it takes! But getting the message across can be messy if you’re not careful. A boring, poorly-formatted email littered with spelling mistakes and an overall needy tone is not ideal.

This is why our guide is so long and in-depth. There are a million mistakes you can make in a thank you email that could deteriorate your reputation, even after a very successful interview. There are also many ways to write a thank you email after an interview depending on the specific job you were applying for.

Let’s dive into exactly how to write an effective and eye-catching thank you email, complete with job and skill-specific examples.

How to Write an Effective Thank You Email

There is a wealth of thank you email templates available online for just about every need. However, you may not even need templates at all. The basic guidelines for how to write a stellar thank you email is as follows:

  • Confirm the hiring manager’s email address.
  • Write a subject line.
  • Write a brief introduction.
  • Write several paragraphs in the body of the email.
  • Write a brief but professional closing.
  • Include a sign-off.
  • Include your contact information to make it easier for your hiring manager to follow up with you.

That’s it! This is the basic outline of an effective thank you email.

Your thank you email should be brief, but not so brief that it seems as if you really don’t care all that much and are just sending a thank you note as a formality. A thank you note that is way too long looks kind of aggressive, and your hiring manager also does not have the time to read a novella. Keep it to only a handful of paragraphs. That should be the perfect amount for a thank you email.

So now we know the outline of an effective thank you email. Let’s get into the meaty details of each element of the email, as well as a ton of extremely using examples of successful thank you emails.

The Thank You Email Subject Line

Your subject line is going to be the first thin your hiring manager will see, other than your email address and your name. Essentially, that subject line is your second impression (the first being your actual interview) and it will also be the contextual opener to what you’ll be saying in your email. As such, your subject line needs to be excellent. And it also needs to be brief and straight to the point without any excessive bells and whistles.

Here are a few great samples to try:

  • Thanks again for the interview!
  • Thank you for the interview
  • Following up on my application
  • Thanks for your time
  • Thanks for your time (day) (today, yesterday, Friday, etc.)
  • Great talking with you
  • Great talking with you (day)
  • Really enjoyed our conversation (day)
  • Great speaking with you!
  • Regarding my application
  • Are there any updates on my application?
  • Do you need anything else from me?
  • Checking for updates: (job title) position
  • Any update on the (job title) position?
  • Note regarding the (job title) job opening
  • Following up regarding the (job title) position

Feel free to get creative, but always remember to keep it short.

For Marketing Department Interviews

After interviewing for a job in a marketing department, there are a couple of samples or templates you can play around with in your thank you email:

Example One

Hello (Hiring Manager’s first name),

I wanted to take a second to thank you for your time (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.). I enjoyed our conversation about (a specific topic you discussed) and enjoyed learning about the (job title) position overall.

It sounds like an exciting opportunity, and an opportunity I could succeed and excel in! I’m looking forward to hearing any updates you can share, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns in the meantime. I have additional marketing references I would be happy to provide you.

Thanks again for the great conversation (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.).

Best Regards,
(Your name)

Example Two

Hello (Hiring Manager’s first name),

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.) about the (job title) position at (company name). It was a pleasure talking with you, and I really enjoyed hearing all the details you shared about the opportunity.

The information you shared about (something specific about the job that interests you) sounded particularly interesting.

I am confident that my skills will allow me to come in and succeed in this role, and it’s a position I’d be excited to take on.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you about the next steps, and please don’t hesitate to contact me in the meantime if you have any questions. Marketing is my passion, and I am very much looking forward to being a part of the (company name) team.

Thank you again, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Take care,
(Your name)

Example Three

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name),

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.). I’m very excited about the opportunity to work at (company name)!

The (job title) role certainly sounds exciting, and it’s a role I believe I’d excel in thanks to my (experience or skill that would help you succeed in marketing).

I look forward to hearing feedback as soon as you have any updates and would love to continue discussing the opportunity with you.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need clarification on anything we talked about in the meantime. Thank you again, (Hiring Manager’s first name).

Best regards,
(Your name)

For Engineering and Product Management Department Interviews

After applying and interviewing for jobs in engineering and product management departments, you can use the approaches demonstrated in these examples:

Example One

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name):

Thank you very much for your time (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.) to interview me for the position of (job title). I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about this job, to meet you and (names of other hiring managers if applicable), and to see your facility.

As we discussed, I have (months and/or years) of experience with engineering and product management. With my background and experience, I believe that I could become a contributor to your team very quickly.

I am excited about this opportunity to join (company name). Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions or need any additional information.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,
(Your name)

Example Two

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name),

Thank you very much for your time (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.) to interview me for the position of (job title). I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about this job, to meet you and (names of other hiring managers if applicable), and to see your facility.

As we discussed, I find the technology related to using cloud computing fascinating and an amazing opportunity for the future, but security is also a major concern. Keeping (company name)'s information safe would be a top priority for the person in this job, and I would love to dig deeply into the protective technologies, as well as the threats, to avoid future problems. (Reference anything you may have said that seemed important to the hiring manager in a similar fashion to this paragraph. Also, reference any connection you may have made, such as “I enjoyed finding someone else who attended (college name) and also roots for the (sport) team. Hope they make the finals next year!”)

As we discussed, I have (months and/or years) of experience with engineering and product management. With my background and experience, I believe that I could become a great contributor to your team very quickly.

I am excited about this opportunity to join (company name). Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions or need any additional information.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,
(Your name)

Example Three

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name),

I enjoyed speaking with you (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.) about the engineering and product management position at (company name). The job seems to be an excellent match for my skills and interests.

The creative approach to product management that you described confirmed my desire to work with you.

In addition to my enthusiasm, I will bring to the position strong development skills, a dedication to results, and the ability to encourage others to work cooperatively with the department.

I appreciate the time you took to interview me. I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you regarding this position.

Sincerely,
(Your name)

For Operations and Human Resources Department Interviews

When sending a thank you email for an interview for an operations and human resources job, try playing around with one of these samples:

Example One

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name),

Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to meet with me (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.). It was great to discuss career opportunities in (respective industry) with you! Your comments were insightful and gave me lots of ideas for my ongoing job search. I’m excited to follow up on your suggestions to (whatever they may have suggested during the interview).

It was especially exciting to talk to you about (reference a highlight from the conversation you had).

Again, your suggestions and time are so appreciated, and I hope to chat again soon! Please let me know how if there is a way I can return the favor, now or in the future. It’s great to meet others who have as much of a passion for operations and human resources as I do.

Regards,
(Your name)

Example Two

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name),

I appreciate having the opportunity to speak with you (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.) about the (job title) position at (company name). After our conversation, I’m very excited about this opportunity. I believe my skills and interests are a perfect match for this role.

I am particularly interested in (an aspect of the job or hiring organization).

(Add a personal note, specific to the conversation or share a link to something you mentioned in conversation, like your personal website or portfolio.)

I appreciate the time you took to interview me (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.), and I look forward to having the opportunity to meet you in person.

If you need any additional information from me, please feel free to contact me at any time! I have a wide range of operations and human resources references that I would love to share with you.

Again, thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
(Your name)

Example Three

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name),

Thank you, again, for the time you spent with me (today, yesterday, Tuesday, etc.). I really enjoyed meeting you and exploring how I might be able to assist (company name) as the new (job title).

After our conversations, I am even more confident that this position is a job I would enjoy, as well as one where I can be successful and make a valuable contribution.

I am particularly excited about (an aspect of the job, a particular challenge discussed, or a note about the organization).

(Add a personal note that is specific to the conversation or share a promised resource, like your portfolio or a reference.)

You mentioned that the decision on this position will be made in (time frame provided by employer). In the meantime, if there is any additional information you need from me please let me know and I’ll send it over to you!

Again, I appreciate the chance to interview with (company name) and am grateful for the time you spent with me.

Sincerely,
(Your name)

For Leadership Position Interviews

It’s important to come off as confident in your thank you email if you interviewed for a position of leadership. Try working with one of these examples:

Example One

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name),

I would like to thank you, most sincerely, for taking the time to interview me today for the (job title) position that has opened with (company name). It was great to meet you and your team, and I truly enjoyed learning about your current program and touring your office.

I was impressed by the opportunity your next (job title) will have to build a strong, rebranded presence for (company name) on social media. As we discussed, my experience includes creating and managing social media properties for both established and start-up organizations. My successes include (list your major successes).

I am eager to work in a dynamic, full-time (relevant industry) environment. I am invigorated and inspired by collaborative teamwork, and would find it most rewarding to help forward (company names)'s mission of (quote the company's mission statement if available).

If I can provide any additional information to help you with your decision-making process, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sincerely,
(Your name)

Example Two

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name),

Thank you very much for taking so much time out of your busy schedule to meet with me and show me around your office. After meeting you and the members of your team, I was impressed not only with the congeniality of your office but also with the depth of knowledge and the professionalism you all demonstrated. I believe that I would be an asset on your projects and would welcome the opportunity to learn from all of you.

As we discussed during my interview, my internship last year had responsibilities very similar to those required for this position.

I am well-versed in meeting challenging project benchmarks and deadlines, and I thrive in situations that require team collaboration, a strong work ethic, and clear-cut communication skills. In regard to our discussion about whether I’d have the flexibility to work overtime or on weekends in order to complete deadline-critical projects, I’d like to assure you that I would be readily available to go this extra mile to contribute to my team’s success.

Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me about this position. I believe that this career opportunity is an excellent match for my talents and would truly appreciate the opportunity to work for a forward-thinking and progressive organization like (company name). Please let me know if there is any additional information I can provide for you to help in your decision-making process.

I look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Best regards,
(Your name)

Example Three

Dear (Hiring Manager’s first name),

Thank you again for speaking with me about the (job title) position at (company name). After hearing from you about the attention to detail and the multitasking skills that are essential for the job, I am more confident than ever that I am an ideal candidate.

I understand that the position requires extensive knowledge of (relevant skill). One of my greatest strengths is my ability to learn new tasks and new technologies quickly and efficiently. (Include an example of a time where you learned how to use new technology in a leadership position.)

You stated that the start date of the position is in (date alotted). Since our interview, I have studied (relevant skill) in depth. I have already made great strides in my fluency with (relevant skill). By the time of staff orientation, I will be extremely well versed in (relevant skill).

I have the leadership experience, organizational skills, and technological savvy to be an essential member of the (company name) team. I greatly appreciate the time you took to interview me, and I look forward to hearing from you about this position.

Best,
(Your name)

For Nursing Position Interviews

For nursing positions, it's important that you thank someone for their time that they spent with you in the interview. A nursing coordinator or hospital coordinator is very busy. And having them spend time interviewing you is valuable time on behalf of the hospital.

Example one

Dear (Hospital Coordinator Name),

I want to thank you for taking the time to interview me. I was very impressed with the hopistal and staff when I visited. I realize your time is very precious and so I wanted to show my gratitude for our great interview session.

Please let me know if I can provide any further information to help you with your hiring decision.

Sincerely,
(Your name)

For Teacher Position Interviews

Whether you interviewed for a teachers position, a teacher assistant position or principal position, the thank you email is roughly the same. Appreciative and impressed with the way students were being treated.

Example one

Dear (Principal or Board Staff Members Name),

It was a pleasure to visit the campus, meet yourself, some students and the rest of the faculty. I can tell how much you value higher education and I would love to be part of that experience. I wanted to say thank you for spending the time interviewing me.

If there's any further information that you need from me, please let me know.

Sincerely,
(Your name)

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Short Thank You Email Example

Sometimes you just want to get straight to the point and save your interviewer some time reading emails. Short and impactful emails are sometimes the strongest. Your email doesn't have to be lengthy in order to be effective. Here's an example of a short, yet highly professional and impactful thank you email:

Dear (Interviewer Name),

I wanted to shoot you a note and say thank you for taking the time to interview with me. It was a pleasure. I enjoyed meeting the team and really hold the company in high regard after visiting. I'm looking forward to the next part of the process.

If there's any further information that you need from me, please let me know.

Sincerely,
(Your name)

How Soon Should I Send My Thank You Email?

As we mentioned earlier in our guide, timing is very important when writing a thank you email to a hiring manager. If you send your email too late, your hiring manager may be a little confused about the delay. If you send your email too early, it may look like you have an automated system set up for sending out emails after interviews. This can come off as in-genuine. Also, sending an email really early could make you appear a little too needy. It’s funny how the interview process is a lot like dating, isn’t it?

The best rule of thumb when figuring out when to send your email is one to two days after the interview concluded. The hiring manager’s impression of you is still quite fresh, but they’re also not getting an email notification from you when you’ve barely left the interview office.

This timing is great because it also prompts callbacks. If you were interviewing for a job with a substantial amount of applicants, you may have gotten lost in the crowd. The thank you email could prompt a follow-up after you’ve reminded your hiring manager that you were a great candidate.

Related: No Response After Interview? How To Follow Up By Email

Proofread, Proofread, and Proofread Some More

With writing, be it a thank you email after a job interview or a long-winded guide to writing a thank you email after a job interview, everything needs to be proofread. If your thank you email is covered in spelling and grammatical errors, your hiring manager will definitely catch them.

If you can’t handle basic grammar or spare the time to just double check your email for errors, that can say a lot more about you than you may like. It could definitely affect your hiring manager’s impression of you after an otherwise good interview.

It is recommended that you follow this method for effective proofreading of an email:

  • Go through all of the steps we’ve mentioned until your first draft is complete.
  • Do your first proofread while adding or omitting little elements to and from your email.
  • Proofread again.
  • Proofread one final time, noting your subject line and double checking the accuracy of the email address you’re sending the letter to.

By committing to proofreading like this, your email will be spotless.

Go The Extra Mile: Send A Handwritten Thank You Note After The Interview

This is a particularly nice technique. Sending a handwritten thank you note is simple. And you can do this along with your thank you email. Here's what you'll want to do in order to make this happen:

  • Step one: Find a nice thank you card, something letter pressed and professional.
  • Step two: Write a really simple thank you note, something saying, "I wanted to thank you for the time you gave me and I can't wait until we speak again."
  • Step three: Be sure that you send the handwritten thank you card to the business address. All you have to do is Google, "[Company] Address" or "[Company] HQ" and the address will normally come up. When you send the letter be sure to write your "TO:" as the company name and then C/O your interviewer. It should look something like the below example.

Example recipient address when sending a handwritten thank you note:

Apple Inc. C/O Sarah Smith
100 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 90012

More Tips and Tricks For Your Thank You Email After The Interview

On top of everything we’ve covered today, there are even more little tips and tricks for improving that thank you email!

  • Mention an interesting conversation or event that happened in the interview. This can include a humorous moment, a joke that was told, or anything else that was memorable for you and likely memorable for the hiring manager as well.
  • Make sure that your opener, or the phrase that will come after the subject line to kick off your email, acknowledge the reader. Do this before getting into the meat of the message. If you end up in a mail chain with your hiring manager or coworker, feel free to drop the formality after a couple of emails. It may feel rude or a little bit too chummy, but you’re really signaling some professional rapport.
  • Remember to include a closer that is both friendly and professional.
  • Avoid hedging in your emails. If you’re unaware, hedging is the act of using language in a way that portrays the speaker as more of a team player and not a bossy, overconfident person. Think of it as the difference between “I think we should go” and “let’s go.” This may seem like a safe thing to do, especially when speaking to a person in authority such as your hiring manager, but hedging is actually a big professional faux pas in this sense. It makes you sound like you are not confident, which undermines you on a psychological level. Don’t do it. Be confident, make statements and explain your reasoning firmly but politely.
  • Don’t stalk your hiring manager after the fact. A thank you email and a brief follow up in a week or two are more than enough. If they aren’t getting back to you, you probably either haven’t gotten the job or the company is swamped with interviewees. Badgering them is just stressful.
  • Avoid being too casual. The hiring manager isn’t a new friend, they’re a business associate. Avoid using emojis, smilies, memes, or excessive acronyms.
  • To save time, you can send one thank you note to multiple interviewers with your email’s BCC function. By including all of your interviewers’ emails in the BCC line under the subject, they will all receive your thank you note but won’t be able to see that it was sent to other people. Just make sure your thank you note is vague enough that it will make sense to all your interviewers and does not include names.
  • Don’t be afraid to include lots of links to relevant information. If your hiring manager asked about your portfolio, website, or links to projects you’ve worked on, pack them on!
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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How to Write a Thank You Email After an Interview

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Thank-You Notes: Individual Interviews

  • A brief but enthusiastic thank you note written soon after the interview can be particularly effective and should be done automatically
  • Always write thank you notes within 24 hours of your interview
  • Emailing a thank you note is common and perfectly acceptable
  • Your thank you note should touch upon the following points:
    • Show appreciation for the interviewer’s time
    • Reference key parts your conversation
    • Reiterate interest in the organization/position
    • Invite requests for additional information and provide grounds for follow-up
  • You may choose to handwrite a thank you note; if you do, be sure that your note will arrive within a day or two of the interview
    • Do not send thank you notes to government employers, as their mail system will likely cause significant delay
  • The thank you note below is intended to serve as an example

Dear Attorney Smith,
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me yesterday to discuss my strong interest in the internship at the Housing Rights Center. I enjoyed learning about the organization’s recent efforts to protect the housing rights of low-income tenants in Los Angeles. As an L.A. native, I am keenly aware of the challenging circumstances many residents face and admire HRC’s efforts to address the city’s persistent socioeconomic injustice. Our conversation yesterday further strengthened my interest in working for HRC this summer. Please let me know if I can provide you with additional information. Thank you again for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sincerely,
James Henry

 

Thank-You Notes: Group Interviews

  • Remember to write down the name of each interviewer and later locate each person’s email address online; if possible, request a business card from each participant following the interview
  • After a panel interview, you may:
    • Send personalized notes to each participant, thanking each person for his or her time; or
    • Send a collective note to the  group
    • If your interview was held by phone or video and drafting individual or collective notes therefore poses a challenge, write a single note to your primary interviewer, referencing the other participants
  • The thank you note below is intended to serve as an example

Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for taking the time to interview me yesterday. I enjoyed learning about the internship at the Housing Rights Center and appreciated the opportunity to meet with you and other members of the staff. Please thank Mr. Johnson, Ms. Jones, and Mr. Williams for speaking with me about their efforts to address predatory lending practices. My experience working with recent immigrants at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau has affirmed my commitment to working with those who encounter socioeconomic and linguistic barriers. I am very excited about the possibility of joining HRC next fall. Please let me know if I can provide you with additional information. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Jessica Adams

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Use this sample of a thank you email after an interview to land the job

examples of interview thank you emails

You know you crushed the interview and you feel the job offer coming right around the corner, but before you pop the champagne in celebration there are a few important steps to take in order to secure the position. It’s widely agreed upon that the after interview thank you email is incredibly important. Use this sample of a thank you email after an interview to land the job.

Ladders spoke with Tara Cassady, the executive vice president of Americas Client Services at Cielo, to get the rundown on sending a thank you email after an interview.

How to write a thank you email after an interview


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Who?

You can send a quick email to anyone who you interacted with significantly that day. If a secretary or human resources representative helped you when you arrived at the office, shoot them a quick thank you. This will paint you in a positive light throughout the office, which is ideal during the interview process.

Anyone who spent time speaking with you to go over your resume and experience should definitely receive a thank you email because they will most likely have influence over whether or not you get hired.

You should still send an after interview thank you email even if you decide that the role or company isn’t for you, according to Cassady. “It’s a small world and you never know where people end up and where people are reconnected,” Cassady said.

What?

The after interview thank you email should contain four key elements. The first factor to immediately hit is your appreciation for their time. People are busy at work, so going out of your way to thank them for their time starts building their image of you as someone they would want to work with.

Next, you should compliment them about the company, role, or experience that you had that day in the office. This paints you as a positive person, which is something a hiring manager is looking for in every employee.

Touching on one point that you discussed during the interview shows that you were paying attention, can expand on an idea, and contribute to a conversation. It also gives you an opportunity to show that your values align with the companies.

Lastly, you should highlight one factor that makes you the perfect person for the job. You don’t have to go into extreme detail here, because hopefully you already did that in your meeting. Instead, this section acts as a reminder of why you’re better for this company and role than any other potential candidate.

While the email should be thoughtful and interesting, it shouldn’t be longer than three concise paragraphs that contain two to three sentences each. “If it’s an email, you shouldn’t have to scroll down to read it,” Cassady said.

When?

While it’s important to get a thank you email out quickly, you shouldn’t send this message while you’re waiting for the bus outside the office. Sending a thank you email 15 minutes after an interview shows that you didn’t put much thought into your message. That being said, you don’t want to wait too long to send this note and make it look like an afterthought. Cassady recommends waiting at least more than 2 hours before sending this email, but no longer than 24 hours.

“You want to be able to show that you reflected upon the meeting so that you can draw back and show thoughtfulness,” Cassady said.

Where?

Send the email directly to the hiring manager’s work account. If you weren’t corresponding directly with them to set up the interview, ask for a business card right before the interview comes to a close. If they don’t have one on hand, ask if it’d be okay to get their email address and write it down.

Why?

Writing a thoughtful, concise email after an interview has many benefits. Not only does it show hiring managers that you’re thoughtful and interested in the job, but it keeps your positive image fresh in his or her mind. It also is another opportunity for you to prove why they should choose you over the guy they interviewed right after you.

How?

Most offices aren’t incredibly formal these days, meaning your thank you email doesn’t need to be, either. Starting an email with “Dear Mr. Jones” seems outdated, according to Cassady.

That being said, some bosses, industries, or offices are still that formal. Cassady recommends taking note of the office culture when you are there to interview. Once you spend about an hour in an office, it’s pretty easy to gauge the level of formality needed in your after interview thank you email.

Sample thank you email to send after an interview

Hi (Hiring manager’s first name),

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me today. I genuinely enjoyed learning more about the (title of the role you’re applying for) position and getting to know you and (company name) a bit better. I was thinking about what you said regarding the company outlook and I wholeheartedly agree that “positive optimism” is a great way to each business day and venture.

I really appreciate (company name)’s emphasis on work-life balance, but more importantly, I love how the (name of your potential team) is structured. The hands-off approach is exactly the environment in which I flourish.

Learning more about the role today really excited me because it convinced me even further that this is a perfect match. The skills I have learned at (past or current company) will really allow me to aid in the growth of the (name of your potential team) and I’d love the opportunity to learn even more at (company name).

Best,

(Your First and Last name)

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While it's not “required,” it's highly recommended to send a thank you after interview email to reinforce your interest in the opportunity, highlight your strengths.

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