"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 Mr./Ms. [Last Name],
Thank you once again for taking time out of your day today to interview me for the [Position Title] opportunity at your organization. I enjoyed meeting you and learning more about the position, and speaking with you about the ways in which I will be able to contribute to the continued success of the [Department Name] department.
You mentioned that it will take someone with initiative to succeed in this role. I am confident that my leadership positions on campus and off have prepared me well for this opportunity. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your decision, and appreciate the consideration.