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August 05, 2019 Anniversary Wishes 4 comments

Sending a thank you letter after a job interview is a great way to get ahead. Once again, thank you again for your consideration, and I look.

Thank You letters are critical to job success. 94 per cent of employers say that a Thank You letter increases the chances of being employed.

Why send a Thank You letter

  • It distinguishes you from other candidates.
  • It helps maintain positive relationships with employers while they are making hiring decisions.
  • It demonstrates courtesy and professionalism to the employer.

When to send a Thank You letter

  • It should be sent 24 to 48 hours after the interview.

What to include in a Thank You letter

First paragraph:

  • Thank the employer for the time spent with you. Mention the date and time of your interview and the position title for which you were being interviewed.

Second paragraph:

  • Use this as another opportunity to highlight how your skills match their requirements.
  • Mention anything pertinent to the position that you might have forgotten to bring up during the interview, such as an experience that is specifically related to the employer’s needs.
  • Make sure you also let the employer know that you are still very interested in the position.
  • Convey your willingness to provide any additional information to support your application.

Third paragraph:

  • Express your confidence in your ability to do the job in question.
  • Propose future communications. For example, a follow up phone call to monitor the status of your application.
  • Thank the employer again.
  • Finish with a sincere closing.

Examples of closings:

  • Thank you for your time and consideration.
  • I look forward to hearing from you soon.
  • Yours sincerely,
  • Sincerely,
  • I look forward to speaking with you again.

Example of a Thank You letter

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Don't wave the white flag just yet. Try these alternatives to 'Thank you for your consideration.'.

How to Send a Job-Winning Interview Thank-You Note

thank you letter for job consideration

The Thank You That Can Turn Rejection into Opportunity

By Susan P. Joyce

Rats! You've received the dreaded "thank-you-for-your-interest-but..." letter, and you are very disappointed.

The interviews went really well! You liked all (or most) of the people you met there, and you feel that they liked you, too.

But, in the end, they decided to hire someone else, not you.

You may have been the number 2 or number 3 candidate. Close, but no cigar... Dang!

What now? Move on to the next opportunity, right? Of course. But first...

View This as a Temporary Setback

NOTE! This is not a permanent rejection. They did NOT say go away -- we would never, ever hire you!

They did say -- we're not going to hire you for THIS job at this point in time. BIG DIFFERENCE!

So... if you really liked the people and the organization, try turning that rejection letter on its head! Convert it into an opportunity. Maybe.

Send a Thank You Note

Hopefully, you wrote thank you notes to the interviewers after the job interviews. (Right?)

Ask yourself: Would I want to be considered when another opportunity opens there? If the answer is "yes," proceed with this thank you.

If you did NOT like them, and don't really want to work there, don't bother.

In 2014, I posted a version of this article on LinkedIn with this headline: The Biggest Mistake After a Job Rejection. If you think the thank-you-for-rejecting-me note is a crazy idea, read all the comments from people for whom this strategy worked!


A Thank You for a Rejection? Seriously? Yes!

At this point, what do you really have to lose? Really?

Many employers decide not to hire a candidate and never let the candidate know. If you have been informed, the employer has shown you some courtesy. Reward their courtesy, and reinforce your professional image.

Why You Might Benefit

They've already offered the job to someone else and probably gotten an acceptance. But that person may change their mind and never start the job. Or that person may take the job but prove to be unsatisfactory.

"New hires" fail more often than you think.

So, what does the employer do when they face this situation? They groan, roll their eyes, and take another look at the applicants who almost got the job. Why? Because they really don't want to start from scratch, post the job, review the resumes, schedule interviews, spend time in meetings discussing the job and the candidates, etc.

  • If the new employee failed quickly or didn't start at all, they may reach back to the almost-hired list to see who is available.
  • If the new employee stayed a while before they failed (or left), a new job may be posted, but you might have an "inside track" IF they have a positive impression of you based on receiving this thank you when they hired the other person.

Sending this message can move you higher up on the list of the almost-hired -- a great place to be for the next job opening or if the new employee doesn't work out.

What to Write

This thank you note reminds them of you (nicely) because you included the following elements in your note:

  • Thank you for letting you know the outcome of the search, even though they didn't choose you.
  • Thank you for the time, courtesy, and consideration shown you during the interview process. (Hopefully true!)
  • Express your disappointment in not getting the job.
  • Express your appreciation for the opportunity to learn about the organization and meet the people working there.
  • Reiterate of your continued interest in working in their organization.
  • Request that they get in touch with you for the next time a job is opened.

Keep it brief, but clear and cordial. Disappointment is OK. Anger is not.

Sample Thank You Note After Being Rejected

As usual, sending your message as soon as you learn the outcome is the best strategy. If they let you know about the rejection via email, simply reply with this message. If you learned another way, you may -- or may not -- want to share how you found out.

An email is typically the best way to respond, particularly if that is how you have corresponded with this employer in the past.

Subject: [Job title of the job you didn't get]

[IF they notified you, use this first paragraph] Although I am truly disappointed to learn that you have selected someone else to fill this job, thank out for taking the time and effort to let me know.

-- OR --

[If you learned unofficially that someone else was hired, use this first paragraph] I understand that you have hired someone for this job, and I am disappointed that I am not that person.

I do greatly appreciate being considered for this opportunity. I enjoyed meeting with [names of the people who interviewed you] and learning more about your organization. I have been a [name of organization] fan of for quite a while and that won't change as a result of this outcome. [If they have a product or service that you really like, share a bit about that here.]

Working for [name of organization] is still a goal of mine, so I will continue to observe your activities and new developments in the hope that someday I will be able to become a contributor to [name of organization]'s continued success.

Please do keep me in mind for future opportunities.I would be very happy to hear from you.

Thank you,
[your name]

[your email address -- not work!]
[your phone number -- not work!]
[your LinkedIn Profile URL]

Send a different version of this to everyone who interviewed you, including the HR and/or recruiting staff members.

If you felt a "connection" with someone, make the note longer and a bit more personal. But, avoid anything that could be viewed as flirting. Be completely professional with this message!

Bottom Line

A thank you note after a rejection will really stand out. The probability that it will pay off may be less than 5%, but that probability may show a higher return on the investment of your time than any other job search action you take that day, and it won't take much time to do.

Sample Job Interview Thank You Notes

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About the author...

Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn.

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thank you letter for job consideration

Sometimes the hardest things in life are the goodbyes.

Cover letters are no exception — saying thank you and goodbye in a job application or a cover letter can be tricky.

Often, we hear the term “thank you for your consideration” used in applications and thank you letters to employers, but is it really the best (and only) way to complete the letter or application?

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You may be thinking to yourself — “saying the same phrase at the end of every thank you note is so boring. How can I stand out?”

How to best say “Thank you for your consideration?”

  • Avoid the generic phrases, and make your closing unique, in order to make a lasting impression.
  • Use The Sandwich Method: Thank them and highlight key points and then reiterate the thank you.
  • Keep it short, simple, tasteful, and professional.

Recruiters look for flawless job applications. How could they not?

When a job posting has hundreds and sometimes even thousands of applicants, they have to get picky.

When you are applying to very competitive positions, even the smallest of details matter.

And a proper thank you note — one that’s professional and tasteful — at the end of the application or cover letter is one detail that should not be overlooked.

You may be asking:

“Can I at least spice it up a little?”

The short and simple answer to that question is yes — you can make your closing unique and still keep it professional.

So where to begin?

Keep reading for a detailed look at “Thank you for your consideration” — What it means, and how to use it properly to land the job you want.

What does “Thank you for your consideration” mean?

“Thank you for your consideration” is a phrase often used at the closing of a job application, cover letter, letter of intent, or email to a recruiter or HR department.

It is also the primary phrase used for thank you notes after interviews.

Essentially, you are thanking the interviewers for taking the time to look over your application.

Saying “thank you for your consideration” may seem like fluff added to the end of an email.

And in some ways, it is.

Obviously, you want the job, and you would be ever-grateful and happy for them to look over your materials and offer you the job.

It is also a critical part of any thank you note after an interview.

So why do you have to add this phrase or something with the same intent to the end of these communications?

Because it is proper etiquette and employers expect to see a formal thank you at the end, acknowledging their efforts in the application process.

So what’s the best way of closing these types of communications with potential future employers?

What is the best way of saying “please look over my materials and I will be grateful forever” or “thank you so much for interviewing me, you won’t regret it?”

“Thank you for your time and consideration”

There are two variants that are often used in closing an application or email: “Thank you for your consideration” and “thank you for your time and consideration.”

Both are acceptable, but wouldn’t you agree that they are a little bit boring?

Most likely, they also do not match your writing style, because we are no longer in the 1800s.

These two phrases are also generic and overused.

You don’t want to be that generic applicant — you want to be the name-brand applicant, the one employers will pay extra for.

“Thank you for your consideration and understanding”

Thank you for your consideration and understanding is much the same as the others. It is generic and long-winded, and it doesn’t really saying much.

When you are saying thank you to an employer, you want to emphasize what exactly you are thanking them for.

Their consideration and understanding? Their time? Yes, but what else?

Whether you spoke with the recruiter, the HR department, or had an interview, focus your “thank you” on what they did or said that you are particularly thankful for.

Ready to learn the best way of saying thank you professionally?

How to best say “Thank you?”

Have you ever heard of the compliment sandwich? You probably know it as the go-to way to deliver criticism or bad news to someone.

But did you know that the same method can be applied to delivering the best thank you to a potential employer?

We call it the thank you sandwich.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Thank them and highlight key points. Thank the person for their conversation or interview with you.

Then highlight some key aspects that you took from the information they gave you, which shows employers that you were paying attention and care.

2. Reiterate the thank you. Reaffirm why you would make an excellent candidate for the position and close with a reiteration of thanks and a call to action for next steps.

Instead of writing a boring and completely generic thank you, as a closure to any communication, it is best to make it highly personalized, while still maintaining the professionalism that “thank you for your consideration” gives.

By following this guide, you are effectively sandwiching information about why you would be a good candidate with the thank you closing.

You are being polite and following proper job search etiquette, while also making your thank you highly individualized and more memorable.

Ready to see how all this comes together? Check out this example:

“Thank you for your consideration” using the Thank you sandwich method


Dear XYZ,

(Add what you want to convey in the message first here).

Thank you for taking the time to interview me today. I greatly appreciated being able to meet X, Y, and Z and speak about the position.

Our discussion about your nonprofit’s mission to ensure a safe place for every child stood out to me, and I believe my experience working with the Department of Social Services for the past 10 years would make me an excellent candidate to advance that mission. My work history affirms my belief that every child needs a safe home, and it would be an honor to work with your nonprofit.

If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for the opportunity, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.




Using “thank you for your consideration” is not a bad way to say thank you, but it definitely can be spiced up to sound more fluid and individualized.

When contacting employers, you want not only want to make sure that all of your communication is professional, but you also want it to be memorable.

When they ask, “who was this person we interviewed?” after a day of interviews and all they get as a memory jogger is “thank you for your consideration,” you probably won’t be the candidate they pull from the pile.

Making your “thank you” more active by adding in details about the interview or the job application and linking it back to a crucial part about why you would fit in well with the company is a great way to stand out.

Keep it is short and sweet — no employer wants to read a billion lines about why you are so awesome. But also make sure it conveys thanks in a professional way and maintains the job search etiquette that is expected, while not being overly dull.

So there you have it.

Thank you so much for reading this article. We know that you will do great with writing these “thank-yous” after reading our “thank you for your consideration” guide.

If you have any further questions about the job search, Zippia has all the resources you need to excel at the job search game.

Thanks again for the opportunity to bring you these resources.



(Not bad for a thank you statement to readers, right?) Try your own and get that dream job.

This article originally appeared on Zippia. 

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It's always a good idea to take the time to thank the people you meet with during a job interview. What's the best way to show your appreciation for the interviewer's time?

Review an example of a short and simple thank-you note example you can send (via email or mail) after an interview, tips for who you should thank, and advice on how to write a note that makes a great impression.

Simple Job Interview Thank-You Note Example

This is a job interview thank-you note sample. Download the thank-you note template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Simple Job Interview Thank-You Note Example (Text Version)

Jasmine Applicant
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

September 1, 2018

Amanda Lee
Acme Retailers
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Ms. Lee:

I appreciate your taking the time yesterday to speak with me regarding the Position at Company Name. Thank you both for speaking with me and for giving me a tour of your office so that I could meet your other team members.

After the interview, I have a better understanding of what the responsibilities and opportunities are in the position. I was particularly interested to learn about the diverse skillset you are seeking in your next [insert Position title], and I believe that my knowledge and goals are very compatible with the needs you outlined.

It was a pleasure to talk with you; I left our interview with an even stronger interest in joining your team at Company Name. Please contact me if you have any additional questions for me. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best regards,

Your Name

Who to Thank After a Job Interview

If you meet a lot of people during your interview, should you thank them all for their time? It’s not an absolute requirement to send each person a thank-you note or email. In some cases, particularly if you were interviewed by a multi-member panel of interviewers, it is acceptable to send your note to the point person who orchestrated your interview, requesting that he or she share your thanks with the other interviewers.

How to Make the Best Impression

However, even though it takes a little extra time, you will make the most favorable impression if you communicate directly with each member of the interviewing team.

What to Write in Your Thank-You Messages

Ideally, your note or email should include an expression of strong or enhanced interest in the job after meeting with the interview team. In addition, incorporate a concise statement regarding why you think the position is an excellent fit, as well as an expression of gratitude for their time and input.  

Take the Time to Personalize

Want to make an extra positive impression on your interviewers? Incorporate a different sentence into each communication referencing something specific of interest that the interviewer shared or a concern that she emphasized through her questioning. 

When to Send Your Email or Note

Your follow-up communication should be sent immediately after the interview so that it arrives prior to the completion of candidate evaluations. Either an email or even a hand-delivered thank-you card is usually the timeliest means of communicating. If you know you have time, a mailed thank-you letter or card is another option.

Get The Interviewer's Contact Information

Prepare in advance for following up after an interview by asking for business cards or contact information for the people you meet with. You can ask them as you meet them or ask the person who arranged the interview if they can provide this information.

Make sure you get the proper titles and email addresses for each of your interviewers prior to the end of your interview day so you can expedite your follow-up letter.

Since your follow-up communication should do more than simply thank your interviewers, you should make sure your message is conveyed to all the people who might have a say in the hiring decision as a reminder of your strengths as a job candidate.

Withdrawing your application from consideration Only about 15 percent of candidates write thank you letters after their interviews, so a well-.

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