Writing a thank you letter after your interview is a powerful and super effective way to stand out. It is even more powerful if you can deepen your connection with the interviewer by mentioning a specific topic that occurred in the interview as well as reinforcing why you are a perfect fit for the job.

To ensure your thank you letter is impactful, here are some key steps to consider.

Timing is Key

Aim to send your thank you letter within 24 hours of the interview. This promptness demonstrates your eagerness and professionalism. Waiting too long may diminish the impact of your message. Sending an email is the most common and efficient method, but if you want to add a personal touch, consider sending a handwritten note, especially for more formal or traditional industries.

Let’s Get Personal

It is so important to personalize your thank you note. Reference specific points discussed during the interview to show that you were actively engaged and listening attentively. Mention something insightful that you learned about the company or role and express enthusiasm about the possibility of contributing to their team.

Trust me there’s a HUGE difference between a generic note and a tailored one—the latter makes the recipient feel far more special, which in turn creates a much more effective letter and an increased chance of receiving a second interview.


It is SO important to think about the ton of your thank you note, try keeping it professional yet warm. Express gratitude for the interviewer’s time and consideration, but avoid sounding overly effusive or insincere. Strike a balance between professionalism and authenticity to maintain a respectful tone throughout the letter. Remember, the goal is to leave a positive impression while reaffirming your qualifications and interest in the position.

The Perfect Fit

During an interview, your goal is to convince the hiring manager that you are a perfect fit. Your thank you letter is an additional opportunity to reiterate your qualifications and suitability for the role. Briefly summarize key points discussed during the interview and emphasize how your skills and experience align with the requirements of the position. Heck, they probably interviewed 10-20 candidates if it is a first round interview. So make sure that you remind them just who you are and why they should hire you over anyone else.


This shouldn’t need to be said, but don’t forget to proofread your thank you letter carefully before sending it. Typos or grammatical errors can detract the reader from the takeaway message. (That you are who they should hire, duh). Take the time to review your letter for clarity, coherence, and correctness. Consider asking a trusted friend or colleague to review it as well, as a fresh pair of eyes can often catch mistakes that you might overlook.


The research doesn’t lie, sending a thank you letter after an interview is a simple yet effective way to leave a lasting impression on potential employers. By adhering to these guidelines—sending your letter promptly, personalizing your message, maintaining a professional yet warm tone, emphasizing your qualifications, and proofreading meticulously—you can enhance your chances of making a positive impact and advancing in the hiring process.

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