How to Write a Post-Interview Letter


Jimmy Sweeney, president of CareerJimmy and author of the Amazing Cover Letter Creator, asserts that a post-interview cover letter (also known as a thank-you or followup letter) moves job-seekers to the top of the “must consider” list. Sweeney notes that few job-seekers take time to express their gratitude in writing, so those who do are bound to stand out. “A simple ‘thank you,’ ‘I appreciated our meeting today,’ or ‘I’m grateful we had a chance to get together,’ can draw the line between getting hired and being ignored,” Sweeney says. Sweeney points out that “your follow-up letter will also reveal the kind of person an employer would like to hire — someone who is thoughtful, other-centered, and caring. You have only one chance to make a great first impression–and a lasting one! He notes that mail addressed to a specific person in the sender’s handwriting will be opened first. Here is an example of Sweeney’s suggested clear and precise post-interview cover letter that hits the mark:
Dear [specific name of ] Hiring Manager:
I really enjoyed meeting you today. Thank you so much for making time for me. I appreciated the tour of your facility, meeting some of your colleagues, and having a chance to see the department where the new candidate will work. It was very kind of you to invite me to explain why I feel I am the best-qualified person to fill the job opening. Your humor and good eye contact put me at ease. I know I’d like working for your company very much. I felt right at home. Please call if you’d like me to return for a second visit. Give me a date and time that work for you and I’ll be there. Again, thank you for meeting with me this afternoon.
Sincerely yours,
Fiona (or Foster) Follow-Up
Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the Amazing Cover Letter Creator. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets.”