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Asked by Chris on November 3, 2015

What should I say in a thank you note that I'm sending to the people I just interviewed with?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on November 4, 2015

Congratulations on your interview! When sending a thank you note following an interview, keep it short. A hand written note is always appreciated but an email is acceptable as well. In your note, I would recommend thanking the interviewer(s) for their time. Include a recap of the skills you have for the position and how those skills would relate to the position and make you the best candidate. I would also recommend expressing your genuine interest in the position and why you would be a great asset to the team/company.

Good luck!

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Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on November 4, 2015

Awesome question! Only a small portion of candidates send a thank you after an interview, it is those individuals that make it to the top of the pile. Now a thank you note is so much more than a polite way of saying thank you, it is also a chance to prove one is the best candidate for the job. Such as address any mistakes that you may have made in the interview, revisit any unanswered questions, and most importantly show that you’re invested in the position and company. Even if you do not end up getting the job, sending a thank you note is a great way to network for later opportunities. Also, in today society one has two options of a thank you note either hand written or email.

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on November 4, 2015

Well done on your interview! Make sure you do not wait too long to send a thank you note. I suggest keeping it short (a few paragraphs) to communicate to your interviewer how much you appreciated their time, as well as why you would be a great fit for the position due to the skills you possess. I would not have a template thank you email; it is best practice to tailor each thank you note to each interview to ensure that it seems personal and well thought-out. You could choose to include a subject matter that you spoke about during the interview; this would show that you actively listened during the interview and enjoyed the conversation. Lastly, you should include why you are interested in the position and the company. Good luck with any future interviews!

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Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on November 12, 2015

First off, thank you for sending a thank you note! It seems that candidates often forget to do this final part of the interview process. Any time you have an interview, make sure you get the names and contact information for the people you are meeting with. It is best to send individual thank you notes and keep it short. You can start the note off with thanking the person you met with for their time, and then reiterating your interest in the role and company and then specifically noting something that you discussed in the interview. You can then close the note by providing your contact information and mentioning you are available if there are any additional questions. All the best! 

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