There are more than a few people competing for top finance jobs, and even with a perfect interview there's no guarantee you'll get the offer you hope for. This is why you should do everything you can to make sure you're on hiring managers' minds when they're deciding who to let into the company fold.
The post-interview thank you note is not dead
There are some who may say that the post-interview thank you note is dead, but if it can push you that extra requisite inch past another candidate, and get you into the office, then why not at least try to put one together? Whether you take to typing up an appreciative note via e-mail, or you prefer the extra-personal touch of spilling ink onto paper, the thank you note is not dead. In fact, it could be the reason hiring managers like you as a candidate just a bit better than the next person.
"You don't throw a post-interview thank you note together."
You don't just throw a post-interview thank you note together though. Some may say that this sort of extra effort can't hurt, but write the wrong thing and it almost certainly will. Written properly, a thank you note can be more than an appreciative gesture, it can be one more reason why you're the person for the job.
A template isn't sincere, nor is a spontaneous side-note
The majority of employers seem to appreciate thank you notes – honestly, who wouldn't? – but that doesn't mean throw together a template, fill in company names and shoot them off and on their way to your latest interviewer. You're going to need a personal touch to show that you wrote this thank you note specifically for the person, and company, that you are sending it to. Remember key things from the interview, such as what the hiring manager or managers seemed to like about you, and make sure to emphasize those points.
As well as using the thank you note as a chance to reiterate your more desirable skills, this can be a chance to fix any mistakes you believe you made during the interview. Did you not emphasize something enough? Or did you stumble when recounting a story to the interviewer? Here's your chance to fix things.
Additionally, as you're writing the thank you note, make sure to remember company culture. Did you interview for an investment banking job on Wall Street or a Silicon Valley fintech position? The differing organizational cultures should influence the voice you utilize in your letter.
Once you've put together a thank you note that emphasizes why you're perfect for the job, removes any shades of doubt in the employer's mind and shows how well you know the company, your extra efforts will likely be impressive enough to make up a few minds among hiring managers.