After the Interview

Send a "Thank You" letter within 24 hours of the interview to every person with whom you met. Emailed letters are preferred, or you may send a hard copy notes…

Guide

Remind the interviewer of the position for which you were interviewed, as well as the date. Thank him/her for the interview.

Confirm your interest in the opening and the organization. Use specifics to emphasize that you have both researched the firm in detail, and considered how you would fit into the company and the position.

As in your cover letter, emphasize one or two of your strongest qualifications, and slant them toward the various points the interviewer considered the most important for the position.

Keep the letter brief, a half-page is plenty.

If appropriate, close with a suggestion for further action, such as a desire to have additional interviews. Mention your phone number and the hours that you can best be reached. Alternatively, you may prefer to mention that you will follow up with a phone call in several days.

Example

401 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
May 17, 2006

Dear Ms. Mishka:
The purpose in writing this letter is to express my appreciation for the time you provided during my recent interview. I particularly enjoyed our conversation on _____________________ [...mention here a subject discussed during your interview...].
I am excited about the opportunity to work at XYZ Corporation and feel confident that my background and skills would allow me to make a significant contribution to your organization.
I look forward to further discussing this inspiring opportunity. Feel free to contact me at cummings@columbia.edu or 212.343.4235 for any following up purposes.

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Erin H. Cummings


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