Thank you email after interview

What are the best practices for a thank you email after an interview. Is it a overkill to try to sell yourself with a couple of bullet points in the thank you email?

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Feb 24, 2021 - 9:44am

I say thank you, loved hearing about the role/company, and expound upon what makes it unique.  One sentence where you tie it into make it personal.  One sentence where I sell myself/reinforce why i'm a good fit and "look forward to further demonstrating in the next round", that type of stuff.  3-5 sentences.  End with sincerely.

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Feb 24, 2021 - 1:21pm

Less is more, maybe I'm weird (possible), but I don't usually read thank you emails closely and don't really care about them selling themselves (very rarely feels natural in the 3-5 sentences you have). It's the fact you sent one vs. not IMO that actually matters. I'd just thank them and tell them for their time, tell them the opportunity seems very interest and leave it at that.

Feb 24, 2021 - 8:39pm

Very cringy to sell yourself via a bulleted list -- please don't do that. Also, a handwritten thank you letter as opposed to an email will always be the better route in scoring a few points with your interviewer. 

Feb 24, 2021 - 8:57pm

Lmao of the hiring process will probably be finished by the time the hand written letter arrives in the mail. And then the interview just has to be annoyed with needing to throw out this antiquated form of communication.

Feb 24, 2021 - 10:20pm

Lmao, are you using pony express? What world do you live in where the hiring process takes less than a few days for the average applicant? Also, this is advice I've received from various prominent folks high up in the RE world. It definitely resonates more with the older hiring audience, not denying that at all, but to think there is no purpose is just plain inaccurate. 

Feb 24, 2021 - 8:55pm

Not bullet points. Keep it brief with a simple paragraph or two. But definitely make reference to something the interview said that "really resonated with you and further reinforced why your experience in XYZ is such a good fit with the company." And end on how excited you are. But don't be extreme. Just say "thank you" and "excited for the opportunity." You don't need to he "overwhelmed with gratitude at the generosity of the interview for gracing you with a few precious moments of their extremely valuable time, and you feel so immensely blessed to have the privilege of being considered for this truly exceptional opportunity that you feel aligns perfectly with every fiber of your very being." Believe me, I'm seen some cover letters and thank you notes that aren't too far off from that extreme.

Feb 24, 2021 - 9:32pm

"a paragraph or two". And for clarity, a paragraph can be two or three sentences only. 1st paragraph = it was great meeting you today. thanks for the time. Blah blah blah. 2nd paragraph = I really appreciated hearing about XYZ. I think that is a great fit with my XYZ experience. Really looking forward to continuing in the process. Done. That's 2 simple paragraphs. 2 paragraphs does not mean a half page of text. Learn to embrace the short paragraphs. Paragraph spacing is a good thing.

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