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When sending a thank-you email, I try to wait until the morning following my interview. This allows the hiring manager to think about candidates a little and then see my note and remember key things about me.

The content of the thank-you should center around two things, gratitude and your interest in the position. Make it personal, reiterate what you learned and enjoyed about the position, what the manager talked about regarding the position or department, and how that relates to your expertise. End with asserting that if more information is needed to reach out to you (include your phone number so that the hiring manager doesn't have to search for it should they want to call you). Of course, remember to sign off professionally with "Sincerely" or "Respectfully" and then your name.

Not taking the 5 or 10 minutes to send this note could potentially harm your chances of landing the job. Many recruiters or hiring managers will disregard a good candidate if that candidate does not follow up with a thank-you email or note. So, make sure that you are kept in the running and given a fighting chance by sending a professional and well-written thank-you email after your interview.