As a midwesterner (expectation of thoughtfulness/consideration runs deep) and someone that conducted over 100 interviews in 2015 (according to my google calendar search results), I have opinions about Thank You notes. I was sharing some with a friend via text this morning and felt the desire to frame them up a bit.
- Musts: Short, personal, clear. 3 (short) sentences, maximum, for normal circumstances.
- Consider how you expect the interviewer evaluated you and speak directly to potential weaknesses with work product, if possible (e.g. they grilled you on your design sense/operational experience, send something you made that speaks for itself)
- If your note could have been written by anyone/your competition, rework it
- Don't be funny/clever unless you can pull it off (if you're not sure, get a second opinion for someone that doesn't bullshit you)
- Misspell the interviewer's name or anything else; with only 2-3 sentences this really stands out.
- Pander/be too flowery about how amazing or brilliant someone is unless they seem ridiculously insecure (and even then, get a second opinion).
- Criticize yourself or be too short-term focused. Each interviewer is different. Don't let one bad interview de-rail your focus on the people as individuals and the company as one with multiple roles/information changing daily.
I threw together a sample email for my friend but the whole point of this post is: DON'T USE AN ONLINE TEMPLATE! COMPOSE 2 SENTENCES LIKE A HUMAN THAT WAS PRESENT AND ENGAGED IN THE CONVERSATION YOU JUST HAD!