After you have received an interview for a new position, you should make sure to put together a thank you job letter, which is designed to thank those who interviewed you for the opportunity. This is a good way of connecting with your potential employers and reminding them of your qualifications and personality. Oftentimes, this letter can improve your odds of getting a second interview or even of being hired for the job.
Format and Content
This letter is intended to be a very straightforward letter that presents a basic rundown of the interview opportunity and your gratefulness for being considered for the position. You should address the letter specifically to the person or persons who interviewed you, and you should also be sure to list the official title for the position you are applying for. The more details you can provide about the specific interview, the better. The general goal of the thank you job letter format is to get interviewers to remember you and your qualifications with the job. You shouldn’t treat this letter as an entire second cover letter, but rather as something that keeps your name fresh in the minds of your potential employers.
The sample letter presented here is from a woman who interviewed for an executive assistant position at a local university. The interviewer in this case briefly discussed her daughter, who was about the same age as the daughter of the interviewee, and this is mentioned. Make note, however, that the thank you job letter sample does not linger too long on this detail – the goal is to be personal, not to make it seem like gossiping about something that isn’t work related is what you are looking forward to most on the job. The interviewee’s contact information is also included. Ideally, the interviewer already has this information, but this reiterates it in case it gets lost or simply overlooked in the many forms reviewed following an interview.
111 Resident Lane
New York, NY 10458
August 14, 2013
Professor Laura Miller, Chair
Dear Professor Miller,
I am writing to express my interest in the open assistant professorship in Psychology at New York University. I have completed a PhD program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in hypnotherapy at the University of California – Los Angeles, and I believe that I am ideally suited to this position.
My PhD dissertation focused on modern hypnotherapy techniques as assistance to clinical therapy. By placing a subject in a relaxed state, hypnotherapy was effectively shown to augment the effectiveness of traditional patient evaluation. The challenge for professionals is to ensure that the relaxed state is not to used to make unhelpful suggestions or unduly influence the patient. My dissertation focused on standardized methods for hypnotherapy to be used without accidentally misleading the patient to an unhelpful solution.
In addition to the interests shown in my doctoral dissertation, my clinical interests include general counseling, emotional disorders, and depression. I have studied extensively on the best methods to communicate with young people who are at an emotionally difficult time in their lives. I believe that this will allow me to better communicate with college students and advise them toward productive outlets that will help them make the best possible life decisions.
My teaching philosophy combines didactic lectures with a hands on approach. Each lesson is intended to be interactive, with students encouraged to offer differing viewpoints that will help foster discussion. Role playing and workshops are also utilized to simulate hands on experience and give students a feel for the situations they will deal with in the field.
I have enclosed a copy of my curriculum vitae, and I will gladly provide other materials upon request. If you have any other questions, I can be reached by telephone at (123) 456-7890 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and I hope to hear from you soon regarding this exciting opportunity.
Paul McAvoy, PhD