Sending a follow-up message after the interview will help set you apart from other candidates. Thank You notes are your chance to thank the interviewer for their time and remind them of the position you applied for, provide examples of skills developed that are relevant to the position and restate your interest and excitement for the position.
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Send the thank you via e-mail or snail mail within 24 - 48 hours after your interview. A thank you note sent in a timely manner can set you apart from other candidates since many don’t send one. Just remember to keep them formal. For an extra boost you can send the e-mail the next day and post a handwritten/typed note so the interviewer gets it within a few days.
Keep it short! Like your cover letter, keep this one short and to the point, 2 - 3 brief paragraphs. Thank the interviewer for their time and remind them of the position you applied, provide examples of your skills that are relevant to the position, restate your interest and excitement in the position.
Address the note to a specific person. If you interviewed with more than one person write a note thanking each person individually and make sure each is tailored to the individual conversation held.
Dear Ms. Richards,
Thank you for taking the time to interview me for the Research Intern position on Tuesday, July 12th. I am excited about the possibility of working with you at SR Inc. I know that my studies in economics, public policy, and advocacy, along with my passion for sustainability, and my experience at the US EPA and ECLC has prepared me for success in this position.
After learning more about your organization and learning more about the research I will undertake throughout the interview, I have become even more excited about the possibility of joining the team! Through my undergraduate work and volunteer experiences, I have developed my organizational and communication skills, along with the ability to work within a team or independently. I believe these assets will add to your organization.
I am genuinely interested in this position and believe I would be a great addition to your team. If there is any further information you would find helpful in making a decision regarding my employment, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely, John Torino