Send a Thank You Note

Always send a thank you note, typically in the form of an email, within a few days of the interview. Thank you notes are more than polite protocol: they are essential for maintaining contact with people who have assisted you and gently remind interviewees who you are and when you met.

In the note, thank the person you met with for their time and mention aspects of the interview that were particularly helpful. Remember, they can continue to serve as resources throughout your career. Be sure to show them the respect they deserve. For example:

In the note, thank the person you met with for their time and mention aspects of the interview that were particularly helpful. Remember, they can continue to serve as resources throughout your career. Be sure to show them the respect they deserve.

Dear Ms. Wells,

Thank you for taking time out of your day to talk with me about your career path. I enjoyed learning about your work as an animal behaviorist. I am excited to research the similar careers you recommended in animal health.

Thank you for sharing your insight and advice!

Sincerely,

Jane Hoosier

If you don’t already own professional-looking stationery, now is the perfect time to buy some. Many students find it helpful to keep a system (e.g., an Excel file) to track their contacts, follow-ups, and thank you notes. For more information, see our thank you note guide.

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