Second Interview Thank You Email Example (+ Free Template) [2020]

As a job seeker, writing a powerful thank you note can be significant to closing a job search. Writing a thank you email after a first interview and second interview, should be a slightly different process. In both circumstances, the job candidate should practice thanking the interviewer for their time and showing interest in moving forward with the rest of the interview process.

Job seekers might send a thank you email to the hiring manager after the first phone interview, then after a second interview, which might be conducted once again over the phone or by video chat (Zoom, Skype, or other). Through multiple interviews, a thank you email should be sent by the interviewee each time. A potential employer may have the interviewee speak to multiple employees, meaning each thank you email is uniquely written to a new colleague or person.

Thank You Notes, Letters, and Emails

There are two formats to choose from when writing a post interview thank you note as a job applicant. You can write a handwritten note or letter (usually by postal mail or “snail mail”) or send an email as a thank you. The preferable way to send your letter is by email rather than writing a handwritten letter and mailing it. The message is delivered sooner and the job candidate can ensure receipt of the email message.

All thank you letters and notes should be sent within 48 hours of the interview. This process shows a recruiter, hiring manager, or other HR managers that you’re passionate about the position and know how to conduct yourself professionally. This can be a simple yet impactful way for job candidates to express their interest in the job opportunity. And increases the chances of the interviewee getting closer to receiving a job offer.

Tip: Listing one to three previous accomplishments that align with the job title in a thank you email can be a great way to show the interviewer that as a job candidate, you’re a great fit for the role. Candidates who reiterate, “This is my dream job” in the email should reconsider this approach and use additional questions to the interviewer or supportive metrics of the potential employee’s background to draw more interest from the recipient.

Writing a Second Interview Thank You Note

A great thank you email after a second interview is one that shows more gratitude than the first thank you email. And shows interest in wanting to get to the final interview before a job offer is made. Job seekers should write their email in a way that promotes their availability for the final interview or a phone call to discuss a job offer.

Tip: Asking a professional who already works within the desired company a job candidate wants to be employed at to perform an informational interview can be a significant “leg up” in the hiring process. This can provide the job candidate with useful insights that can help them position themselves more accurately to the job title and company.

Including relevant career accomplishments may not be necessary for the second interview thank you email. But attaching the job candidates’ cover letter, resume, and other assets like letters of recommendation can be useful to the recipient.

As a job applicant, if your potential employer sets you into a panel interview as your second interview session, send the thank you note to the HR manager who arranged the session. Include relevant information for the group based on the outcomes of the panel interview. Supportive metrics about the job seekers previous experience and ability to perform on the job are impactful to include.

Here are some points to consider writing as a job candidate:

  • Express the continued interest in the job, company, and opportunity.
  • Include metrics and attachments that help the manager make a hiring decision.
  • Support your acknowledgment of what the hiring manager is seeking in a candidate as a way to show being a good fit for the role.
  • Leave a positive impression on the interviewer by making the email short, engaging, and insightful.
  • Include questions to the hiring manager at the end of the email. Questions about the next job interview, an interview question that was asked during the session, or questions about the role.

Sample Second Interview Thank You Email

Sample thank you after the interview email when you attended a second interview.

Dear Suzie —

I’m so honored to get to this stage in the interview process with Apple, Inc. Our time together was really special and I appreciated discussing how consumer behavior habits are changing this year as technology advances. I’ve included a few career accomplishments in prior emails so I wanted to attach my resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation here once more for you in case you need them.

I look forward to hearing about the next steps in the process. I’m available most of next week to come into the office, meet by phone, or discuss what’s required.

Thanks Suzie,
John

Email Template

Dear [Interviewer’s Name] —

I’m so honored to get to this stage in the interview process with [Company Name]. Our time together was really special and I appreciated discussing [Insert something significant about the call]. I’ve included a few career accomplishments in prior emails so I wanted to attach my resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation here once more for you in case you need them.

I look forward to hearing about the next steps in the process. I’m available most of next week to come into the office, meet by phone, or discuss what’s required.

Thanks [Interviewer’s Name],
[Your Name]

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.

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