If you’ve experienced a job interview, you know what it is like to be nervous and excited at the same time. The feelings you have after an interview are usually feelings of both relief and hope. You think you did fairly well during the interview and now hope that the employer thinks the same. If you think your job is over now and you simply wait for the phone call, you couldn’t be more wrong. By sending a thank you after the interview, you show that you are truly interested in the job.

Sending a thank you letter or e-mail does not have to take a lot of time, but it does take some thought and should be done fairly quickly after the interview. Rather than writing a book, the thank you simply signifies your interest in the job and shows the interviewer you appreciate his/her time. Use the sample below to create your own thank you letter and keep your name in front of the interviewer.

Dear Mr. Smith:

Thank you for meeting with me on Monday regarding the Customer Service Representative position within your organization. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with your company.

During our interview, you mentioned the need for someone that is dedicated, experienced, and forward-thinking. My past employment history shows that I have longevity at each job held, along with increasing responsibilities and creative ideas. Your company is well-known for its innovative culture and I am confident my personality and work abilities fit well within that atmosphere.

If your organization seeks someone that can be both a leader and a contributing team member, please contact me. At your convenience, you may reach me at 715-555-5155. Thank you and I look forward to your positive response!

Heather Rothbauer-Wanish