Legal Thank You Letters
Thank you letters were once considered to be a nice touch. Now they are fairly standard and are expected. Your thank you letter must not contain any mistakes or it could actually hurt your chances of securing the position.
- Thank you notes should always be written and mailed within 48 hours of an interview.
- In your letter, refer to the positive aspects of the interview, perhaps mentioning a particular topic you discussed with the interviewer, and confirm your interest in the employer.
- When you have a “day” of interviews at a firm, you should, at a minimum, send a letter to the hiring partner and to the person who coordinated the interviews or otherwise played a major role in the interviews. However, it is best practice to send a short letter to each person who spent time with you; it may make a difference in the selection process.
- We are often asked if thank you letters should be in e-mail, standard letter, or hand-written note format and our answer is, it depends. Some employers prefer receiving an e-mail or a hand-written thank you note, while others find anything less than a typed letter on letterhead unprofessional. What format you use will depend on the situation. If you know that the employer will be making their final candidate selection quickly and/or you have been communicating with them primarily via e-mail, then e-mail may be the way to go. In other situations, a typed letter on letterhead is often well received.