After a job interview, it’s a good idea to write a thank you note to the HR manager or staff member who met with you. A thank you note solidifies the connection you made, expresses your continued interest in the position, and can make a good impression on a potential employer. Many employers and professional recruiters say that a thank you note sets an applicant aside from the pack. But if you’re not sure what to include in your thank you note, here are a few ideas to help you pull it together and hopefully land your next dream job.
Show Gratitude and Appreciation
The first thing you should say in your thank you note (after a formal greeting, of course) is that you appreciate the time your interviewer took to speak with you. Something like “Thank you for taking the time to meet with me yesterday to discuss working at [company]” or “I appreciate the time you took to speak with me about the possibility of working together at [company]” would be a good start.
Mention a Specific Detail from the Interview
It’s important to personalize your note to the recruiter or potential employer so that you stick out in their mind as someone who took the interview seriously.
Mention something particular that you discussed during your interview. This section could include details about the position, the goals the company has for the future, or specifics about what your role at the firm would entail. It should only be a sentence or two, but it should make it clear to the employer in question that you listened well during the interview and that you’re continuing to mull over what you spoke about during your meeting.
Express Hopes for the Future
At the close of your note, give a warm signoff and mention your hope of working together in the future. Options could include:
- “I’m hopeful that we can work together in the future.”
- “I’m excited about the possibility of working alongside you in the future at [company.]”
- “I’m looking forward to our potential collaboration in the future.”
Then, of course, include a formal signature. Send your thank you note directly to the person who interviewed you, or to the human resources department with a note requesting that they forward it to the correct person if you don’t have your interviewer’s contact information.