Thank You for Interview Email

Thank your way to new job!

Can it be that simple? Well, yes & no.

Today’s economy has painted a bleak employment picture with many people competing for the same opportunities. It’s not a secret that you need to “Stand Out” to get hired. Thank You for Interview Email

What can you do to make yourself memorable? To keep your name in the forefront of the hiring manager’s thinking?

One way is through a simple “thank you for the interview email” – it can make you memorable! It can give you the competitive advantage you need to get hired.

The question or questions you may be asking yourself or me (Career Coach Jeff) is…aren’t emails informal? Do they really make an impact with the employer? Shouldn’t I send out a thank you note through snail mail? My answer is always yes, yes, and yes!

Email does tend to be a bit more informal for communication, BUT when you’re sending an interview thank you email make sure you keep it formal.

Also, they do make an impact. Feedback from employers is they appreciate a thank you and think highly of the person who sent it to them. It’s not a guarantee for the job, but it definitely moves them up higher in the consideration pool.

Sending out, what I call a “hard copy”, thank you through snail mail is the double impact. I highly suggest people I coach to send both an email & follow up with a card in the mail. The email allows you to make a quick follow up, within 24 hours. The snail mail approach gives a delayed impact a couple of days later.

It’s hard to imagine but studies suggest that 9 out 10 people still don’t do any kind of follow up after an interview. Even something as simple as a thank you! Imagine the kind of impact you can make on your chances of getting the job offer!

Here are some key point to remember when writing your email:

  • Be professional.
  • Personalize it to the person or persons who conducted the interview.
  • Don’t make it an essay – keep it simple.
  • Thank them for their time.
  • Recall something of importance from the interview – connect it to your skills.
  • Prior to hitting send do a review for any errors: spelling, grammatical, etc.

Use the example below as a Guide:

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email


City, State, Zip Code

Dear [Proper Salutation]:

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today regarding the position of Production Maintenance Manager with Carhill Advanced Technology.  My educational background coupled with my “hands on” experience will assist Carhill meet its organizational goals of consistently being a Tier 1 production company.

It was noted during the interview that I developed a training program that increased production by 5% over a 3-year period increasing profits by $10 million and lowering production downtime. This innovative thinking lends greatly to the Carhill model of “continual process improvement.”

I look forward to being a part of such a great organization and will be following up on Thursday.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Jim Doe


Remember…the email thank you follow up is designed to strengthen your position and reinforce your value to the organization demonstrated in the job interview!

Question: What kind of follow ups have you done after the interview? Share your tips or questions below -


  1. says

    This is a great strategy. I love the double whammy approach. An instant quick reply via email and then follow up with the snail mail thank you card. In fact, I’ve got some thank you cards to write today! This is just what I needed to give me the push. 

    • says

       Glad you found it helpful Matthew – it still surprises me how these “little things” make a huge difference in making an impression…not just with hiring managers, but with people too, like family, friends, etc.

      A simple Thank You is powerful and can change people’s lives!

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