How to Write a Thank You Letter Post Interview

Overview / Description:

Through this lesson, students will learn how to create a thank you letter to send to an employer, post-interview.

Learning goals/objectives:

After completing this activity, students should be able to

• understand the components of a formal letter.
• write a thank you letter to send to an employer following an interview.

Content Standards:

Wisconsin Standards for English Language Arts:

Writing

W.8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

W.8.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline- specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Language

L.8.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. b. Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.

L.8.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. a. Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break. b. Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission. c. Spell correctly.

Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling Model:

B-SS 1: Use effective oral and written communication skills and listening skills
I.8.2.1  Recognize and demonstrate the use of various decision-making styles and their effect on career planning

Materials:

Assessment

Summative Assessment - Students will be creating a thank you letter according to the rubric. Assessment is focusing on proper spelling, grammar, and maintaining a formal tone. Thank you Letter Rubric

Wrap-Up:

Once thank you letters are in final draft form, teacher will work with students to correctly address an envelope and send the thank you letters.

Extension Activity (for intervention or enrichment):

Invite a guest speaker in Human Resources to discuss the importance of thank you letters in industry.

Partner with a local company to pair each student with an industry mentor who will read and respond to their thank you letter with feedback on their formatting and professionalism.