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After Your Interview

Thank You Notes

Following up is one of the most important parts of the interview process.

Writing a thank you note solidifies your interest and commitment to a position and ensures your name will stay on the interviewer's mind. You can send a thank you note in email or hand-written form.

Tips for Following Up
  • Be sure to grab the interviewer's business card before leaving so you will have correct contact information.
  • Ensure your handwriting is legible if you are sending a hand-written card.
  • Always identify the date that the interview was held. 
  • Try to reference something specific about the interview to highlight that you were paying attention.
Thank You Note Outline

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email


City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

It was very enjoyable to speak with you about the assistant account executive position at the Smith Agency. The job, as you presented it, seems to be a very good match for my skills and interests. The creative approach to account management that you described confirmed my desire to work with you.

In addition to my enthusiasm, I will bring to the position strong writing skills, assertiveness and the ability to encourage others to work cooperatively with the department. My artistic background will help me to work with artists on staff and provide me with an understanding of the visual aspects of our work.

I understand your need for administrative support. My detail orientation and organizational skills will help to free you to deal with larger issues. I neglected to mention during my interview that I had worked for two summers as a temporary office worker. This experience helped me to develop my secretarial and clerical skills.

I appreciate the time you took to interview me. I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you about this position.


Your Signature

Your Typed Name


Salary & Benefits

Once you've negotiated your salary, what are you taking home on payday? Better question, what do all those lines mean?

When we got our first paychecks, we were not exactly sure what all the abbreviations and line items really meant either. We cracked the code for you — check it out.

Explaining Your Paycheck

Match the number on the graphic to the explanation on the left.

  1. Explaining the codes on your paycheck.Total month’s pay – multiply by 12 to find your annual salary.

  2. Dental typically pays for basic treatments (like cleaning and x-rays).

  3. Willie has a 401(k) plan. Money is deposited into a selected retirement fund and matched by TWU. Plans differ by company.

  4. Willie pays to park on campus, but he is not taxed on the fee.

  5. Willie had TWU’s Medical Insurance Plan, limiting his financial responsibility for medical problems. His plan pays for all prescriptions and gives him a discount on all procedures. Offices may have variable plans that allow you to pick how much coverage you want to pay to receive.

  6. The government is able to draw taxes out of this amount of Willie’s paycheck.

  7. Willie’s makes $3,020.17 monthly, but only $2,177.81 is deposited into his bank account. Keep in mind your net pay when evaluating a salary offer.

  8. Willie opts out of some of the insurance options open to him, like Disability and Accidental Death.

  9. Willie accrues eight hours of annual and sick leave per month. He can take sick leave only when sick, not for vacations.