You put in a lot of time and effort creating your resume. You spend even more valuable time preparing for your interview. While most job seekers will sit and wait around after an interview, the ones that leave an incredible impression tend to spend time sending a thank you email to their interviewer.
While not sending a thank you email won’t impact whether you get the job or not, it does leave a positive impression because it shows you care. If you don’t know where to start, here are five of the best sample thank you email examples you can send after your interview.
What every thank you email should include
While the templates can vary, they all should have some aspects in common. Here are the basics and some optional ideas to include in your thank you email:
- Share how thankful you are for the interviewer’s time
- Highlight why you’re interested in the job and why you’re a good fit
- Make it personal by touching on something you discussed in the interview
- Offer to answer any follow-up questions
- Add relevant examples of your work
- End the email by showcasing your appreciation and touch on the next steps
Example #1: Short and sweet
If you want a quick follow-up after your interview, you don’t need to go above and beyond in your email.
“Hi [interviewer name],
It was great meeting you yesterday! Thanks so much for chatting with me to learn more about the [position] and what it involves. I’m really excited about the opportunity to join the team and help bring [some of your skills] to the business.
I look forward to hearing about the next steps. If you need any more information from me in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Example #2: Get specific
There’s a chance many people have interviewed for the same role as you. It also means the interviewer is receiving a lot of generic thank you emails. To stand out from the pack, get more specific with your email by touching on some of the talking points from the interview.
“Hi [interviewer name],
I’m just sending this email to thank you for inviting me to your office. I enjoyed hearing about the company’s goals and how you plan to take the software development department from four members to 10 in the next year. These plans match my growth ambitions, so I know we’d be a great fit.
The company seems like a wonderful place to work. The mission statement struck a chord with me, your core values are admirable and from what I’ve seen, the culture is exactly where I want to work. I hope the [skills] we discussed can make an impact.
Please let me know if there’s anything you need from me or what the next steps are and I’ll be happy to help.
Enjoy the rest of your week,
Example #3: Reinforce your skills
The competition can be stiff. Use the thank you email as an opportunity to reflect on your skills and how you can positively impact the business’ goals.
“Hi [interviewer name],
It was great meeting you yesterday. Thanks for taking the time to run through more about the role and the company with me. It’s great knowing where the company is heading and where my skills can help.
I know you mentioned you had struggles with making your website more responsive and you want to make your clients’ websites responsive moving forward. As I have experience in [skills], I’m confident I can play a significant role in making this a reality.
If you need any specific examples, please let me know and I’ll be happy to send them across.
Example #4: Send examples again
It’s likely you send examples with your resume. As this is when interviewers are making their decision, attach samples again so they stay fresh in mind.
“Hello [interview name],
I hope you’re well. I just wanted to reach out to thank you for speaking to me yesterday. I enjoyed talking through the specifics of the role and meeting some of the team. It looks like a delightful place to work.
To follow up on our conversation about your desire for the development team to improve the types of websites they create, I’ve attached a few examples of my previous work to see what I’ve achieved. After the interview, I also spent some time mocking up a few ideas on how we can switch up the process to be more efficient without compromising quality.
I’m happy to discuss it further if you think it’ll be helpful.
Please let me know if there’s anything else you need from me to make the hiring decision easier.
Example #5: Highlight missed opportunities
Interviews might seem like they last a while, but they go by pretty quickly. It’s why you might not have discussed everything you had planned. Use your thank you email to highlight any missed talking points you want to get across.
“Hi [interview name],
It was lovely speaking with you yesterday about the vacant [position]. It’s definitely the role I’m looking for in my next stage of career growth and the team seems terrific to work with.
I’m just reaching out as I realized we ran out of time and didn’t get the opportunity to discuss the culture in more depth and what I’d bring to the team. I can tell [company name] is a special place to work. I’m confident I’d add innovative ideas, a strong worth ethic and passion to an already strong team.
Please let me know what the next steps are and if you need me to provide more details.
Studies show 1 in 5 recruiters will dismiss a candidate right away if they don’t send a thank you email, whereas 80% consider them helpful in reaching a hiring decision. If you want to be in the best position to land your dream role, check out VanHack.
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