By: Amy Schlubach
After the Interview
After someone takes the time to interview you, a good way to show your appreciate is by a thank-you letter. In technological fields, a thank-you email is acceptable as well. These letters, or e-mails, should be sent within two days and should reiterate your interest in the job and to remind hiring authorities of your recent interview.
According to Virginia Tech, the purpose of this letter is to:
Show appreciation for the employer‘s interest in you.
Show your interest in the position and in the organization.
Review or remind the employer about your qualifications for the position. If you thought of something you forgot to mention in the interview, mention it in your follow-up / thank-you letter.
Demonstrate that you have good manners and know to write a thank-you letter.
Follow up with any information the employer may have asked you to provide after the interview.
Typing and signing the letter is the most acceptable form. If you have letterhead stationery, use it, but avoid colored stationary. Plain white paper is always a trustable ally.
Make sure to include correct names, titles, dates, and contact details of the person who interviewed you. If more than one person interviewed you, send a letter to each person. The letter should be essentially the same, but personalized.
You can ask someone in the Human Resources department the best way for your letter to reach the interviewer. It could be hand delivered, mailed, or e-mailed.
Remember, interview letters should be short and to the point while showing enthusiasm for the job position. For help finding a job, or for more tips on writing interview thank-you letters, see Crossroads Consulting.