Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Interview Thank You Letters

Thank you notes can generally be sent over email (it’s quicker this way and you are more easily able to include links to your online portfolio or LinkedIn account), but can also be sent in handwritten form. Don’t let the thank you note slip through the cracks, it could cost you an offer. Check out our pro-tips, things to avoid and sample thank you letter below.

Top 7 Tips for a Top Notch Thank You Letter

  1. Just do it – and do it quickly (within 24 hours)
  2. Compose (and personalize) thank-you letters to each person you met
  3. Reinforce your interest and enthusiasm in the position and employer
  4. Highlight your key selling points and fit
  5. Address any weaknesses or misunderstandings
  6. Add content/points not addressed in interview
  7. Carefully proofread/edit and keep short and concise  

Top 4 Things to Avoid in a Thank You Letter

  1. Sending continuous thank you emails after you’ve sent an initial one and a follow-up
  2. Sending the interviewers materials that don’t help your candidacy for the position
  3. Being too casual in your letter – including memes, emojis or internet acronyms
  4. Sending a thank you letter with misspellings or grammatical errors

Sample Thank You Letters

Sample 1 - Public Health Internship Interview

Dear Ms. Lang:

Thank you for meeting with me this morning to discuss the Public Health Internship position with Texas Health Foundation. I enjoyed our conversation, and I am very excited about the possibility of joining your team.

I would also like to thank you for asking about where my passion for health comes from. In addition to my family’s story that I shared, I am interested in and concerned about the increasing obesity rate in Texas. Texas has the 10th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and, unfortunately, many members of my hometown community are among those affected. I hope one day to help develop and implement educational programs in an effort to decrease this rate.
 
Having learned more about your internship program, my enthusiasm for this opportunity has increased and I am confident that I will help add value to your mission. As I briefly mentioned in the interview, as the fundraising intern for XYZ Foundation, I conducted grant-related research, helped manage the contact database, created reports for prospect and donor events and performed data analysis to help create future fundraising goals. Personally – and more importantly – I share the Texas Health Foundation’s interest in and passion for health.
 
Again, thank you for considering me for this exciting opportunity. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Sincerely,
Alicia Sandoval
512-555-5555

Sample 1 - Assistant Brand Manager Job Interview

Dear Ms. Hill:
 
Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the Assistant Brand Manager position yesterday. I enjoyed speaking with you, meeting other members of the team and having the opportunity to learn more about this position and the Whole Foods Market organization. My interest and enthusiasm to join the Whole Foods Market team has only increased and I hope to help add value to your marketing initiatives.  

During the interview you asked about my experience with and comfort using design software. I’d like to take this opportunity to follow-up with a bit more information on that. I am proficient in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro, Affinity Designer, Corel Painter and Piktochart. I have a knack for creative software and look forward to learning other programs used by your team.
 
Considering my skills and experiences as they relate to the requirements of this positon – as well as my long-term professional interests – I feel confident that I am a good match for the Assistant Brand Manager position. As we discussed, you are seeking a team member with strong creative and strategic marketing skills, and I have extensive experience building brand equity through effective marketing campaigns. I have succeeded in my current position by leveraging regional and agency partnerships to develop successful projects in highly consensus-driven environments, resulting in an average 200% social media engagement rate across all 2016 campaigns.
 
It is my professional and career goal to continue building on my skills, professional experiences and knowledge of the high-end grocery market. As a regular Whole Foods Market shopper and admirer of your marketing campaigns, I would be honored to count myself as a member of the Whole Foods Market team.
 
Again, thank you for considering me for this wonderful opportunity. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns or need more information. I look forward to hearing from you next week.
 
Sincerely,
Alicia Sandoval
512-555-5555


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