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Three Great Reasons to Send a Thank You Email After a Job Interview

resaons to send a thank you letter after interviewWhether or not you think you will get an offer, it’s a good idea to send a thank you letter

After the anticipation and stress of a job interview, it may seem like a minor detail to send a thank you note to the person who interviewed you. But it’s a detail that you don’t want to skip! Thank you letters are a professional and courteous way to conclude the interview process.

The standard rule of thumb is to send a thank you letter by email within 24 hours, preferably to each person who interviewed you. So, be sure you pick up your interviewers’ business cards so that you have the spelling of their name and their email address.

Here are three reasons why fulfilling this critical final step is very important!

1. It makes a good impression.
Put simply, a thank you letter shows that you have good manners. Potential employers will appreciate that you took the time to write. Remember, if you and another candidate have very similar qualities, and the other candidate does not send  a thank you letter, your letter could help tip the scales in your favor. In addition, if there are many interviewees, employers may not remember each candidate clearly. Writing the thank you note helps to jog the interviewer’s memory of you.

2. It shows that you are definitely interested in the job and the company.
When a hiring manager interviews dozens of candidates, it can be hard to remember which candidates seemed sincerely interested in the position. Other candidates who do not send follow-up letters may be seen as less serious about the job, but your thank you letter shows that you are interested and more likely to accept an offer.

3. It lets you recap the interview and emphasize your strengths again.
Thank you letters can be a great way to reiterate your strengths, or include relevant information that you may have forgotten to say during the interview.  Be sure to personalize the letter and reference something that you discussed during the interview so that the hiring manager makes a positive connection while reading your letter.

Writing a thank you letter does not have to be difficult. It should be just 2 to 3 paragraphs long. Below is a sample thank you letter:

Email subject line: Thank you for the interview for the medical assistant position

Good morning Ms. White,

Thank you for meeting with me yesterday to discuss the medical assistant position at Johnson Pediatrics. I enjoyed speaking with you and learning more about your practice.

After our discussion, I am confident that my clinical skills and work experiences are a good fit for the position. My recent internship at Smithville Family Medicine has prepared me to work with patients of all ages, including young children. I appreciate that babies and young children need special consideration when visiting a medical office, and my internship supervisor has even commented on how well I interacted with our youngest patients. For this reason, I am very interested in the possibility of working at your practice.

If you need any further information, please contact me by email or phone. Thank you again, and I hope to hear from you.

Best regards,
Your name
Your email address
Your phone number