Thank You Notes
- Send one within 48 hours of meeting with a prospective employer.
- While some prefer snail mail to email, all employers prefer to receive a thank you note in any form, rather than none at all. Just make sure that it is short and sweet rather than long and elaborate.
- Address the letter to the person who invited you for the interview initially. If you saw more than one person, you can write to each of them, or refer to them in your letter to the primary interviewer. (Note: Ask for a business card during the interview).
- Unless you know your interviewer through prior experience, address your letter formally (i.e., "Dear Dr. Smith:" rather than "Dear Joe,")
- Mention the title of the position for which you have interviewed in your letter. If you are interested, express your enthusiasm and reiterate your desire for the job and your qualifications for it. Add value by referring to a specific aspect of their work that was particularly appealing, and/or a question that helped you reflect. If you are not interested in the job, you can still express appreciation for the consideration extended to you. Don't feign affection--it is better to be sincere and simply say thank you for the interview than to add "fluff" that gives the potential employer false expectations.