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How To Write A Thank You Note

You can never make a first impression two times. So make it count! The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgment is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why, it still is important to pay attention to the dress code when you are interviewing for a professional job, regardless of the work environment.

So, what's the appropriate dress code for an interview? You'll want that first impression to be not just a good one, but a really great one. In general, the candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in old, saggy jeans and a printed t-shirt.

Here's what to wear to an interview for professional, casual and startup companies, when you want to make the best impression.

Make sure to take the time to write and send a thank you note. It may take a little bit of time but over 50% of all managers say they consider a thank you note influential when evaluating candidates according to recent studies.

You can send a thank you note in multiple ways but managers say that phone calls, emails and hand written notes are more acceptable than social media and texts.

Note that about 50% of all applicants don’t send a thank you note after an interview. So, if you're one of the applicants who do take the time to send a thank you note to your interviewers it will be worth the effort and help you get the job.

You can also choose to send an influence letter. It is another way to relay your thanks and to share more detailed information on why you would be asset to the employer.

Not sure when to use the influence letter instead of a thank you letter? Not to worry, below the differences are outlined for you.

Writing A Thank You Note

Be prepared and keep a box of generic thank you notes on hand along with stamps.

You may also want to consider a personal thank you note with your photo. A photo is a great way to remind the interviewer who you are, your name, as well as highlight your interest in the job. Then, as soon as you get back from the interview, you can write your thank you note.

Remember to use this opportunity to remind the interviewer about your key qualifications for the job and sincere interest in the position. In addition, you can use some of the following quote examples to create your own personal thank you notes and letters.

Example

  • Your Name
  • Your Address
  • Your City, State, Zip Code
  • Your Phone Number
  • Your Email
  • (Your LinkedIn profile or other source)
  • Date
  • Name
  • Title
  • Organization
  • Address
  • City, State, Zip Code
  • Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

    Thank you for a very enjoyable conversation with you about the account manager position at the Keystone Inc. The position seems really interesting and a very good match for my skills and interests. The presentation and future outlook for the position that you described confirmed my desire to work with you.

    In addition to my skills and experience, I am very enthusiastic and will bring strong project management skills, assertiveness and the ability to encourage others to work as a team on larger projects. My background in sales will help me to work and support the sales managers at Keystone by detecting sales opportunities at an early stage with customers.

    I understand your need for administrative account support. My detail orientation and organizational skills will help to improve internal processes and data quality. I would like to mention that I have also worked for two summers as a project assistant. This experience helped me to develop my administrative skills.

    I appreciate the time you took to interview me. I remain very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you about this position.

    Sincerely,

    ________________________________

    Your Signature (hard copy letter)

    Your Typed Name

    Send it out

    Remember to mail or email your thank you note as soon as possible, so it arrives in a timely manner.