Career Services Center

Rockwell Hall
Commons Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412-396-6644
Fax: 412-396-6646

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    After the Interview

    Thank you letters

    Your first spoken words likely included “please” and “thank you” and with good reason.  It is a good habit to send thank you notes to those who give you their time during your job search.  It is especially important to send a thank you following an interview.  You should send a thank you to the primary interviewer at least.  If you were interviewed by more than one person, it may be a good idea to write each individual but make sure you add a personal touch to each individual note. 

    Tips for thank you letters
    • Send a thank you as soon as possible within 24 hours of your interview.
    • Thank you notes can be a handwritten card, typed letter, or e-mail depending upon the style of communication established with the interviewer.  If you send via email, still follow good business letter guidelines. 
    • Your thank you should:
    • Express appreciation for the employer's time and opportunity to interview
    • State when and where you had the interview
    • Reaffirm your interest in the position and company
    • Stress key qualifications for the position and reason for "fit" with the company
    • Highlight something specific from the interview that you learned, enjoyed, or appreciated
    • If you forgot something during the interview, you can mention it now
    • Restate your understanding of the next steps in the hiring process
    • Close on a positive note

    This sample thank you letter gives you an idea of how to incorporate the tips provided above.