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Interviewing

Advising & Career Services assists students and alumni with the development of interview skills through:

  • Interviewing Workshops. Two interviewing workshops, Introduction to Interviewing and Effective Interviewing, are offered regularly in Advising & Career Services.
  • Videotaped mock interviews. Mock interviews provide an opportunity to practice your interviewing skills. Please contact Advising & Career Services to find out how to schedule a mock interview.
  • Appointments with counselors. Schedule an appointment with a counselor to ask questions or discuss concerns about interviewing.
  • How to Interview Like You Mean It is a videotape of a teleconference led by Donald Asher, a nationally known speaker and writer. The videotape is available for viewing in Advising & Career Services.


Writing Interview Thank You Letters

Each time you interview, you should send a thank you letter. A thank you letter indicates your professionalism and is an opportunity for you to express appreciation for the interviewer's time. The thank you letter gives you another opportunity to express your strengths or skills, point out the highlights of the interview, and/or cover anything you forgot to mention during the interview. Your thank you letter should be brief, not more than one page. The letter should be typed using standard business format. It should be mailed promptly after your interview. Address the letter to the individual who interviewed you.

In the case of panel or group interviews, you may address the letter to the person who was primarily responsible. It is not necessary to send a letter to each person on the panel unless they individually spent time with you.

In the opening paragraph, express your appreciation, indicate the date of your interview, and the position for which you interviewed. State your interest in the position. In the middle paragraph/s, highlight any skills you want to bring to the employer's attention. Reiterate relevant information shared in the interview or provide additional information. In the closing paragraph, restate your interest in the position and make a statement of action.


Sample Interview Thank You Letter

Do not copy this sample letter.
It is crucial that you write your own letter.

1234 N.E. 35th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97212

October 5, 20XX

 

Diego Ornelas, Manager
Grant Thornton
1234 S.W. Smith
Portland, Oregon 97201

Dear Mr. Ornelas:

Thank you for the opportunity to interview with you on October 3, 200X at the PSU Career Center. I appreciated learning about the challenging staff accountant positions with Grant Thornton.

I am very interested in working for Grant Thornton because of your company's team-oriented approach to providing customer service. I believe that my extensive customer service experience gained while working as a payroll specialist for Hollywood Entertainment and as a teller for US Bank would help me succeed at Grant Thornton. I was also very impressed with the training and mentoring that new professionals receive with your firm.

Again, thank you for the interview; I appreciate the time you spent with me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

[Your signature]

Gina Cook