Saying Thank You after Your Interview


After your interview did you take the time to send a thank you to the people you interviewed with?  Beyond showing your enthusiasm for the position, a thank-you note also allows you to reinforce why you are the best person for the position.  While at the same time thanking and expressing consideration of their time spent with you during the process.   A recent CareerBuilder survey showed that 22% of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who does not send a thank you.  On top of that 22%, 91% like being thanked according to an Accountemps survey.

Thank You Letter Basics:

  • Send thank you within 24 hours
  • A thank you to each interviewer acknowledging the time they invested in your interview.
  • Reinforce your interest in both the company and the position
  • Brief overview of your qualifications and skills
  • Keep it short and simple
  • Proof read your Thank You note, this is a tool to influence


Sample Thank You Letter

Dear Ms. Smith:

Thank you for meeting with me this morning to discuss your open Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs position. I enjoyed our conversation, and I am very excited about the possibility of joining your team.

We discussed my 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. I appreciate your interest in how the combination of my achievements in strategy, development coupled with my extensive FDA interaction is a valuable combination that can benefit your organization. What we did not have a chance to fully cover is my competitive drive, initiative, and reliability in accomplishing goals. I hope you got some sense of these innate abilities from our conversation.

Please feel free to call me if you need additional information. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.


John Smith