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Q: What should I include in an interview thank you note?

A: First, you'll want to thank the interviewer for the opportunity to interview for the position. Add in specifics about the interview if you'd like. Next, you should reiterate that you are a great fit for the position or the company. Be genuine. Then, highlight one of your relevant qualifications for the position. If there's something you weren't able to mention in the interview but wanted to, mention it briefly here, or mention something already said. Lastly, let the interviewer know your excitement for the position or how your expertise can benefit the company. Then, thank them again for the interview. It's always a good idea to send a thank you note!

The Importance of a Thank You Note

Many people are confused as to whether they should send a thank you note after an interview and only about 5% of those looking for jobs actually take the time to send one. It may seem silly, simple, and time consuming but it does work.

Show you value your interviewer

A thank you note allows you to express your appreciation for the time the interviewer has invested. You can further state your interest in the job and reiterate why you're the best candidate for the job.

Add information

It's also a good way to add anything you forgot or wish you had said in the interview. You can reinforce important information that you provided in the interview. You want to keep the image of you fresh in the mind of the interviewers, so follow up promptly.

Your notes will be most useful if you write them while the interview is still fresh in your mind. You certainly don't have to write the thank you notes while you're sitting in the parking lot, but you can write down a few reminders to help you craft your note or email when you return home. It is best to send it within the first 24 hours after the interview.

Make a good impression

If you interview with more than one person at the company, make sure you send a thank you note to each person individually. Be sure to keep the letters unique to each individual in case they decide to compare. They may all be contributing in some way to the hiring decision and you might be working with all of them, so it's a great first impression!

Note logistics

It doesn't need to be long, just short and to the point. You could include one key detail from your interview that will let the hiring manager know that you understood the requirements of the position and reiterate how you would be a good fit. Your thank you note can be sent via email or can be handwritten and delivered immediately after the interview.

Handwritten notes are nice, but as decisions are made quickly in today's mobile technology world, email is acceptable. Although with emails you have the space to write a long letter, it's still important to keep your thank you short. If you choose to handwrite a thank you note, a draft of what you would like to say will assist in ensuring your spelling, grammar, and punctuation is correct. You should deliver the note as soon as possible.

Your thank you notes need to be concise, professional and individual. The faster you respond the better.

Stand out

Thank you notes may seem like a little thing, but it's the little things that make all the difference when it comes to interviewing. Sometimes that thank you note will be the difference between getting your dream job and having to keep looking.