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Interview Thank-You Letters

By: Laura Murray
The number one etiquette tip for interviews is writing a thank-you letter. This is not a tool commonly used by job seekers right now. If you are looking for an advantage and a way to stick out above the other job applicants then follow up your interview by showing appreciation and courtesy.

The letter should be written and sent within 24 hours of your interview and sent to all people who either interviewed you or helped you out in the process. If it is not appropriate to send a letter to everyone who was involved with your interview, then just send one to the highest-ranking interviewer.

Writing to the employer is another way to showcase skills and competency in communication and your career. Make sure your letter is understandable, easy to read and professional yet personal. Now that you have met the person or people you are writing to it is okay to include some personalization. The letter format should include the following:

§First, express your sincere appreciation for the interview.
§Second, reemphasize your best qualifications for the position requirements.
§Third, reiterate your enthusiasm and interest in the job. At this time you may want to offer additional information not previously given.
§Fourth, once again mention your appreciation.

SAMPLE LETTER:
Address

Date

Interviewer’s Name
Title
Business
Address

Dear Mr. Henley,

I want to thank you for the chance to be interviewed for the assistant project manager position yesterday. It was a pleasure to meet you and become more familiar with your business and its services.

My interest in working for you and meeting all your needs and requirements for the position increased after the interview. I think my past experience and education has prepared me well to fill the position and I would work hard to make a significant contribution to your business.

I want to restate my interest in the position and become a part of your team. The position holds many opportunities that I am seeking. If you need, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 511-555-1151 or fclancy@e-mail.com for any additional information.

Thanks again for your time and consideration.

SincerelyArticle Search,

(Signature)

Fred Clancy

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About The Author, Laura Murray

Established in 1996, MEPatWORK is the leading full-service recruitment solutions provider in the HVAC, sheet metal, refrigeration, control, electrical, plumbing and piping industries. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, this privately held company also has offices in Chicago and Pittsburgh and specializes in finding top talent for all levels of contracting, wholesale, and manufacturing.
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