Are Interview Thank You Email/Letters Necessary? YES they are

You’ve just walked out of your first, second or third interview. This is a good time to grab a coffee and take 15 minutes to make some notes from the interview.


  • What the people were like? Write a couple of points on the back of their business cards (which you remembered to ask for).
  • How you did?
  • Any questions you forgot to ask?
  • Why you still want the job?
  • Why you are the right person for the job?

Later that same day sit down and compose your email.  Remember if you were interviewed by a panel then you want to send a personalized email to each person.  Your “thank you” should be sent out within 48 hours.  Why??

  • You want them to read the email and remember you.
  • And no point sending out an email after they have made the decision.

Your email should be formal, starting with

  • “Dear Person’s Name” and ending with
  • “Sincerely Your Name, Contact Info”.

The body of your email should be 3 or 4 paragraphs (4 maximum).

  • First paragraph will be a general thank you for meeting you and what a pleasure it was to learn more about your company, etc
  • Second paragraph will reiterate your skills and why you now feel like this is the job for you.
  • Third paragraph – I’m looking forward to hearing from you at my number/email below.


A few final things:

  • Keep it short and sweet/positive
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread

For some sample thank you letters, check out at the link below.Sample Thank You EmailLast thing to do – cross your fingers and wait for your job offer.

happyfacehanddrawn Good luck job hunting


Lynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment.  Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!


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