Cover Letter Thank You Letter

Job Interview Thank You Letter Examples

Thank You Email and Letter Samples for After a Job Interview

Writing a thank you letter after a job interview is always a good idea. In fact, some employers think less of those interviewees who fail to follow-up promptly.

It's quick and easy to follow up after an interview with an email, note, or formal letter. Taking the time to do so, will help you leave your interviewer with a great impression.

Why Send a Thank You Letter After an Interview

Why are thank you letters important?

 The first reason to send a thank you letter is that it's just plain good manners. But there's also a self-serving purpose: a thank you note is your opportunity to get your name in front of people one last time and leave a positive impression.  

If you're interviewing or going through the job application process, thank you letters allow you to sell yourself as a candidate. You can reference specific instances that may have come up in an interview. Use your thank you letter to highlight the ways your skills and experience are a good match for the position. Also, if there's something you forgot to mention during the interview, this is an opportunity to bring it up.

Thank you notes in other career-related situations — such as a thank you note to a boss for helping you out or to a former co-worker for making a networking connection — allow you to reinforce that you appreciate the person's helpful behavior.

Job Interview Thank You Letter Examples

Browse this list of thank you letters and email messages for guidance and inspiration in crafting your own letter. 

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When to Send a Thank You Letter

Send thank you letters as soon as possible. Did someone do something helpful? Did you have an interview? Write your note that day or the next one. It's easiest to write a thank you letter when the details of an encounter are fresh in your head.

Whether you're writing a thank you note after a phone screen or sending a quick note of appreciation to your boss, it's best to write — and send — your note promptly.

A good guideline is to send the letter within 24 hours. Delaying serves no helpful purpose, and also increases the likelihood that you will forget to write the note. And, delay too long, and the company can make a decision without you having the chance to make one last positive impression.

More Thank You Letter Examples
Thank you letter and thank you note examples to send via email or mail, including thank you letters to follow up after a job interview, to thank a contact, and to accept or reject a job offer. In addition, here are thank you quotes you can use to create your own personal thank you notes and letters.

Interview Thank You Letter Writing Tips

How to Write an Interview Thank You Letter
How to write a thank you letter including who to thank, what to write, and when to write an employment-related thank you letter.

Tips for Writing a Perfect Thank You Letter or Email
More thank you letter tips, including how to handle group interview letters, timing, proofing, and more employment thank you letter writing advice.

What is a cover letter? A cover letter serves as an introduction to your resume. There are two types. The first, a letter of application, is sent when there is an actual vacancy. The second, a letter of inquiry, is sent when you are inquiring about possible vacancies in your field. Cover letters should be individualized for each position that you are applying for, or inquiring about. They should be brief (one-page only).

What does the cover letter include?

  • Your return address, the date, the name of the person you are writing to, the organization’s name and address.
  • Your unique qualifications that relate to the job and how the employer can benefit by them.
  • For a letter of application, a reference to the position to which you are applying and how you heard of it.
  • For a letter of inquiry, a reference to the type of work that you are seeking.
  • Both must have three parts to the letter - the opening, the body and the closing.
  • Your name and your signature.

How do I prepare a cover letter?

  • Use a heavy stock paper (minimum, 20 lb. weight) that matches the resume and envelope.
  • Use a laser printer.
  • Proofread carefully.


3 Anywhere Avenue
NY, NY 11111

Feb. 2, 2009

Ms. Betty Smith
Human Resources Director
Abel Direct
100 Nowhere Street
NY, NY  11111

Dear Ms. Smith:

Please consider my application for the sales assistant position that is currently open at Abel Direct.  I am responding to your advertisement in the February 2 issue of Newsday.

Currently, I am interning at USA Mail Direct in Westbury, where I am responsible for cold-calling and assisting with the compilation of market research data.  This experience, in addition to the courses that I have taken in my marketing program at Nassau Community College, has prepared me with the skills and knowledge necessary for a challenging career in direct marketing. Additionally, I have learned firsthand how to effectively handle customers and their demands through my part-time teller position at Brooklyn Bank. I have a very outgoing personality and possess outstanding persuasive and follow-up abilities.

I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you further about this position. I will contact you at a later time to see if an interview can be arranged. Thank you.


Jayne Freed

Thank-you Letters

What is a thank-you letter?
A thank-you letter is a brief (one-page) letter sent out to an employer immediately following an interview. It serves as a reminder of the interview and lets the interviewer know that you are interested in the position. 

What does the thank-you letter include?

  • Your return address, the date, the name of the person you are writing to, the organization’s name and address.
  • An expression of thanks for the interview.
  • A restatement of your major qualifications for the job.
  • Anything about your candidacy that you may have forgotten to discuss during the interview.
  • Your name and signature. NOTE: Cover letters and thank-you letters may be sent via E-mail to employers
  • Sample Cover Letter and Thank-You Letter

100 Somewhere Avenue
N.Y., N.Y. 11111

February 2, 2009

Mr. Philip Jones
Vice President
XYZ Management Incorporated
1212 Central Highway
NY, NY  11530

Dear Mr. Jones:

Thank you for meeting with me yesterday to discuss the management position that is currently vacant at your company.  I am highly interested in this position and hope that you will consider me as a strong candidate for it.

You mentioned that you are looking for a candidate who has managed diverse functions and has handled many different operational tasks.  Over the eight years that I have been in business management, I have been successful at handling staffing, training and supervision at a company with 100+ employees.  I’ve had diverse experiences that have enabled me to develop innovative approaches to management in the areas of operations and records management, office automation, budget analysis and teambuilding.  This background would be applicable to your current needs.

Additionally, I have planned and implemented twelve different management development programs for my current firm.  These programs were launched in an effort to introduce new customer service initiatives to professional staff members.
I can provide the leadership and results that XYZ Management is looking for.  I look forward to hearing from you.


David Marks

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