Interview thank you notes should be as common as résumé cover letters.
While the cover letter is your first chance to make a good impression, a thank you note after an interview is your opportunity to confirm why you are the best candidate for the job.
With a better idea of what the interviewer is looking for, restate specific skills you possess that match the job requirements.
Include details of past accomplishments that demonstrate you are up to the challenge of the position.
Interview thank you notes should be sent right away, and after every interview, even if it turns out you aren’t interested in a particular job.
Thank the interviewer for his or her time, express regrets, explain what you are looking for, and ask for a referral.
There might just be another opening available that would be a better fit.
Thank You Notes
Dear Ms. Parker:
I appreciate the time you took this afternoon to speak with me about the position of Sales and Marketing Manager with ABC Products. It is clear that this position, as you described it, requires a strong background in sales. However, my strength is in marketing, so I don’t think this will be a good fit for either of us.
If ABC Products ever shifts focus to marketing, I hope you will consider me in that role. I am impressed with your company’s approach to quality; a marketing campaign promoting your product in that vein would be sure to drive sales.
Thanks again for your consideration. On a side note, if you know of anyone else looking for a marketing specialist, I welcome a referral. Feel free to pass along my contact information. Cell phone: 555-9284. Email: email@example.com.
Thank you for taking time out of your hectic schedule to meet with me this afternoon about your new scheduler’s job. This position should allow you more time to devote to your growing business.
My experience scheduling pickups for Premier Trucking should translate easily into your delivery business. I am familiar with the software you just installed, so I can step right in to keep things moving.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call my cell at 555-6384. I am available to start right away.
Thank you for taking the time yesterday to introduce me to your staff after my interview for Training Coordinator. You’ve assembled a talented group of trainers. My experience as a team-leader at Martin & Moore Training Associates should enhance your operations.
When I started with M & M in 2003, they had no web-based curriculum. As of 2009, 75% of M & M customers access courses through home computers. My Internet expertise is just what you need to grow your business.
The best way to reach me is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am excited to be considered for this position.
Plus, we’ve got thank you note samples that you can use after you get the job here.