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Thank You After Interview Email

Best Practices in Writing the Follow-up Email

Why Send a Thank You After Interview Email?

While it’s not “required,” it’s highly recommended to send a thank you after interview email to reinforce your interest in the opportunity, highlight your strengths, and follow up on anything from the interview. It’s recommended to send the email within a few hours of the interview, as hiring managers often make their decisions very quickly and you want to keep their impression of you as high as possible.


thank you email


General Tips

Ask for a business card or contact information from every person who interviewed you and send an email to each person who interviewed you.

Customize the email for each person, as they may forward the email to each other, and if it’s exactly the same for each person, it won’t look great.

Here are some general tips about what to include in your thank you message:

  • Thank them for their time.
  • Highlight what you liked about the job opportunity.
  • Highlight what you liked about the company.
  • Recap your main skills and attributes.
  • Follow up on anything that you might have said that you’d get back to them on.


Thank You After Interview Email


Example of Thank You After Interview Email

You can copy and paste the message below to create your own message. Be sure to edit, customize and proofread your message before sending it.


Subject: Thank You – Interview Follow Up


Dear [Name],

Thank you for taking the time to interview me today for the Financial Analyst position at CFI Education Inc. I really enjoyed discussing the opportunity with you and think it would be a great fit for both of us.

One of the main things that stood out to me was the great culture at CFI. I can really see myself fitting in with the team and thriving in that kind of work environment.

Additionally, the company’s mission of helping anyone become a world-class financial analyst really resonates with me, and I’d be excited to help support that mission.

Once again, thanks for your time and consideration. If there’s any additional information I can provide you with to help in your decision, please let me know.


Best Regards,



Thank You After Interview Email Template


Approach to Writing the Follow-up Email

You can, of course, use the above template example for your thank you email, or you can write one from scratch. If you plan to write one from scratch, this section will serve as a helpful guide.

Steps to writing your own email:

  1. Confirm the name, title, and email address of the person.
  2. Write an opening sentence thanking them for their time and that you enjoyed meeting them.
  3. Refer to any notes you took in the interview about you things you really liked.
  4. Go to the company’s website and review their mission, vision, values and/or purpose in their “about us” section.
  5. Write down a few bullet points about things you like about their culture and mission.
  6. Condense your notes and information from the website into two or three points you want to talk about in the interview.
  7. Turn each of the points into one or two sentences and incorporate any highlights about yourself.
  8. Write a closing sentence thanking them again and offer to answer any follow-up questions.


Additional Items to Include (if appropriate)

There are instances where it may be appropriate to include additional items in your email. These items go an extra step by making the thank you after interview email more engaging.

Examples include:

  • Hyperlinks to things that were discussed in the interview (i.e., articles, news, etc.).
  • Attachments, such as work you’ve completed in the past (i.e., Excel files you created, or PowerPoint presentations you built. Note: Be sure you are not sharing confidential information).
  • A link to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Links to online work you’ve completed in the past.
  • References, if they asked you to provide them.


Email Thank You Best Practices

Here are some general best practices for writing your interview email thank you message:

  • Send the email within a few hours of the interview.
  • Be polite and professional in your language.
  • Highlight things you liked about the job, company, culture, and mission statement.
  • Mention your skills and strengths that match the job opportunity.
  • Don’t brag about yourself.
  • Don’t be overly confident by saying things that assume you got the job (unless they’ve told you they want to move forward).
  • Be sure to actually say the words “thank you.”
  • Offer to answer any additional questions or follow up items they may have.


Additional Resources

Thank you for reading this guide to writing a thank you after interview email.  If you follow this guide, you should have a leg up on the competition!

CFI is the official global provider of the Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA)TM certification, designed to transform anyone into a world-class financial analyst. To continue advancing your career, these additional resources will be helpful:

  • Resume template
  • Cover letter template
  • Resignation letter template
  • Interview guides

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