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Job Interview Thank You Letter

This article will talk about why writing a job interview thank you letter can be a good idea, and will also provide some guidance on how to go about writing an effective letter.

Why write a job interview thank you letter?

Believe it or not it’s not just about saying thank you.  Certainly an element of the thank you letter is indeed to express your appreciation for being considered for the role, but there is more to it than that.

It is also a valuable opportunity for you to summarize your experience in written form one last time before a decision is made about your employment.  Keep in mind that you now have the benefit of having gone through the actual interview, so you should have a deeper understanding of what the employer is looking for in a candidate.

Moreover you should also have an idea of areas in your own job experience that you would like to emphasize or perhaps make clear that you didn’t have an opportunity to say during the actual interview.  This is the real value of a job interview thank you letter.

In addition it shows that you are keen, well organized and courteous.  These are all desirable attributes in a prospective employee.

Here is a sample Job Interview Thank You Letter

Dear Mr./Mrs. Interviewer,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the opportunity to meet and discuss Position ABC.  When I first read the job positing I was eager to find out more about the role.   Now that we have had a chance to talk in more depth about the role I must say quite frankly that I’m excited about the opportunity that it represents.

I wanted to recap some of my key qualifications as I believe they pertain directly to Position ABC…

Here you want to list in bullet point form some of your key job experiences.  Focus particularly on what you learned in the job interview about what the employer is looking for in a candidate.  Also use this space as an opportunity to address potential areas of perceived weakness that were uncovered in the interview.

Keep this section fairly concise, 4-5 bullet points maximum.

I am excited by the opportunity that we discussed, and would be grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Company XYZ.  If you have any additional questions about my qualifications please don’t hesitate to contact me at (contact info).

Thank you again for your time, and look forward to speaking with you again in the near future.