I read an article last week that suggested sending a hand-written note to the company that turned you down for a position. I’ll be honest, I’d never thought of that. I do think that it’s important to send a note to the person who interviewed you as soon as you get home from your interview but I never considered a thank you note for when you don’t get the job. It makes sense though and like the original thank you, it will remind the hiring manager of you and your qualifications. Here is a sample that I wrote for a client.
Company Name and Address
I’d like to take this opportunity to send you a quick note letting you know how much I enjoyed meeting you and learning about (name of company). While I realize that the position for (name of position) has been filled with another candidate, I appreciate the time you took with me and wish you and the organization much success.
If in the future a position opens that better aligns with my skill set, please feel free to contact me again. Again, it was a pleasure meeting you.