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Be sure to express your appreciation to potential employers and contacts who have interviewed you or helped you in the job search. Here are some tips on getting the most out of your thank-you letter.
Send it right away
Send a thank-you note or email within 24 hours of an interview. In general, email is an acceptable way to communicate with employers, but in some fields a hand-written note is still appreciated.
Personalize each letter
When interviewing with several people at one organization, take a few seconds between interviews to jot down some notes about each conversation. Use these notes to write individualized thank-you letters to each interviewer. Interviewers are likely to share their letters, so make sure they are not all identical.
Strategize your content
First, thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you, and reiterate your interest in the job. Then, if possible, follow up on topics that arose during your interview to help your interviewer remember you and reinforce your strengths.
For more tips on writing thank-you letters, see Five Tips for Writing a Tailored Thank-You and Why Thank-You Letters Aren’t Enough Anymore from Career Journal. Or schedule an appointment with a career coach at the Boston College Career Center.