The most important reason to send a thank you letter after an on-campus interview is a selfish one—it's a great chance to remind the interviewer of your interest and it can the difference between an offer and a rejection.
Importance of the Thank You Letter
Employers simply expect a thank you note and if you don't comply, it leaves a negative impression. According to a CareerBuilder survey noted on FastCompany.com, 22% of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who doesn't send a thank-you note after the interview.
Fifty-six percent stated that skipping the thank-you note shows the candidate isn’t serious about the job, and an astounding 86% think that skipping the thank you note indicates a lack of follow-through. Not the kind of impression you want to make!
What a Thank You Letter Accomplishes
A thank you letter shows that you are interested in and excited about the job, that you follow through on your goals, and that you are polite and respectful of other people's time. Remember, an employer is not required to interview you and may have taken extra time out of his day and skipped lunch or stayed late to do so.
Compose the thank you letter the same day of the interview while details are still fresh in your mind. That way you can restate some of the conversations or capitalize on a detail that you might not remember a day later. Be specific so that the letter sounds personal. Send the thank you letter within 24 hours of the interview so it will arrive before a decision is made; it will refresh the interviewer's memory about your meeting while also showing that you are proactive and diligent.
Thank You Letter for an On-Campus Interview
Use this thank you letter example as a guide to craft your own for an on-campus interview. Remember to customize and personalize details to demonstrate to the employer why you are interested in that particular company. Download the thank you letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Thank You Letter for an On-Campus Interview (Text Version)
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
September 1, 2018
Director, Human Resources
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Ms. Lee,
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me at the SUNY Buffalo Career Fair today. I appreciate your time and attention amidst the throng of students seeking jobs.
You were extremely thorough in explaining Acme Company's IT program. I have researched your company further, I am confident that I would be an asset to your tech department.
My degree is information technology is further bolstered by the fact that I have worked my way through college to pay tuition. I have a strong work ethic and fierce determination, two qualities you mentioned are key to success at Acme.
I look forward to an opportunity to visit your office and speak with you further about this position.
Thank you again for your time and consideration