Following up an interview is important in terms of conveying professionalism and your desire to fill the position. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you didn’t have the chance to raise during the course of your interview.
The purpose of writing a thank you letter is to acknowledge your interviewer’s time and consideration, but more importantly keep your candidacy fresh in their mind. As not everyone you interviewee will submit a thank you letter, it’s another simple way to separate yourself from the crowd.
Keep your thank you letter brief and to the point, thanking your individual interviewer by name. Most businesses will appreciate no more than a few brief paragraphs.
Use the limited amount of space you have to reassert why you’re the perfect fit for the position. Underscore anything you didn’t have a chance to properly cover during the course of your interview.
When Should You Send a Thank You Letter After an Interview?
Time is of the essence when it comes to sending your follow-up thank you letter. Many employers agree you have a small window of 24 hours to really dazzle them.
“Although hard copy not-handwritten thank you letters are the most used form, a handwritten thank you letter goes a long way toward conveying the lengths you’re willing to travel to covet the position. If time and context permits, consider this option.”