"Writing a thank you letter after a job interview is a must! In fact, some employers think less of those interviewees who fail to follow-up promptly." - Alison Doyle, About.com
Following up is a necessity after the interview. To make the best impression, write and send a thank-you note or email on the same day as your interview.
To write an effective thank you note, be brief and include the following:
Both methods are perfectly acceptable for sending a thank you note to your interviewer(s). You can base your decision on how quickly an employer plans on making their decision. Just remember, if you are sending the note via email, treat the note as if it were on paper - professional correspondence is a must (no emoticons or abbreviations).
Dear Ms. Stripay:
Thank you for interviewing me yesterday for the editorial assistant position in your Acquisitions Department. I enjoyed meeting you and learning more about your background. Meeting with other editorial assistants was particularly helpful. Thank you for coordinating those meetings.
I am confident in my Kenyon education and know that my editorial and leadership experience with Kenyon’s campus newspaper has prepared me well for the publishing field. Additionally, I am certain of my interest in the book publishing field and am ready and willing to “pay my dues” in the field.
I am excited to put my experience to work at Random House. Please feel free to call me at (740) 427-5165 if I can provide you with any additional information. Again, thank you for the interview and your consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.