Your Frequently Asked Questions About Thank You Follow Up Letters Answered

Most of us know that shortly after an interview, we are expected to send a thank you letter to those who have interviewed us.  But this process often brings about confusion and questions. Here I’ve listed some of the most common questions I get about interview thank you letters, along with my take on how to handle these tricky situations.

Do I email or send a handwritten thank you letter?

You should certainly send a thank you email within 24 hours.  Bonus points to you if you’d like to send a handwritten thank you letter, as well.  

Multiple people interviewed me.  Who should I send the thank you letter to? 

You have a couple of options here.  You can send a thank you email to each individual who interviewed you.  Or you could send one thank you to your main point of contact, asking them to share your gratitude with others.  Use your best judgment here based on the number of interviewers and the time you spent with them.  My philosophy is better safe than sorry to send a thank you to each individual.

What do I include in the letter?

Of course you want to express your gratitude for their time and consideration.  You should also express thanks for insight or information they provided during the interview.  Get specific here, indicating that you were intently listening and valued their time.  You should also use the thank you letter as an opportunity to reiterate why you are the best candidate for the position. If there is a specific point you’d like to clarify or forgot to mention, you can address it in the thank you letter as well. 

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Not sending a thank you follow-up essentially tells an employer you are not serious or interested in the position.  You’ve worked hard to get past the interview stage, so finish strong with a thoughtful and professional thank you letter.