Thanking Someone for Their Time (100 Responses by Scenario)

By Jennifer Herrity

Updated September 20, 2022 | Published March 20, 2020

Updated September 20, 2022

Published March 20, 2020

Jennifer Herrity is a career coach at Indeed who has worked with job seekers from various industries over the last 12 years. She creates resources to help people navigate career challenges with tools and techniques she has refined through practical experience.

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In today's busy world, kind words are important. People often choose to communicate their gratitude to others through the written word, by drafting a traditional note or by sending a text message or email.

In this article, we discuss why it is important to express gratitude and learn 100 ways to say thank you.

Why should you thank someone for their time?

It is important to thank someone for their time because people today are often very busy. That's why it is polite to acknowledge their efforts when someone does something for you. Thanking them shows you appreciate them and understand their time is valuable. It shows you are grateful for things that happened to you due to their time, generosity or support.

Saying thank you has many benefits, including:

  • It strengthens professional relationships.

  • It's an effective way to express gratitude.

  • It helps you develop professionalism.

  • It shows you appreciate feedback.

  • It opens the door for future communication.

Related: Guide To Writing a Thank You Card

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100 ways to thank someone for their time

There are a variety of instances when you'll want to express your gratitude to someone who took the time to help, recognize or support you. Here are some ways to say thank you in different scenarios:

General thank you

Any time that you feel grateful to another person, consider these general remarks:

  1. Thank you for your time.

  2. Thank you so much.

  3. Please accept my gratitude.

  4. Thank you for everything.

  5. Thank you very much.

Related: How To Write a Thank-You Email

Personal thank you

When you're feeling a deep appreciation for those who have made a difference in your life, use these phrases to show your gratitude:

  1. I appreciate you!

  2. You are the best.

  3. I appreciate your help so much.

  4. I'm grateful to you.

  5. I wanted to thank you for your help.

  6. I value the help you've given me.

  7. I am so thankful for you in my life.

  8. Thanks for the support.

  9. Thanks for all you do.

  10. Thank you for being there.

Related: List of 85 Thank You Email Subject Lines (With Tips)

Work-related thank you

Colleagues and managers often give their time and attention to help you. For the times when you receive a great opportunity at work, extra help, an award or a bonus, consider sending this message:

  1. I wanted to thank you for helping me today.

  2. Thank you so much for your assistance.

  3. I sincerely appreciate your help with the project today.

  4. Thanks for helping me accomplish my goal.

  5. I wanted to express my gratitude for your training today.

  6. Thank you for being a great example of leadership to me.

  7. Thank you for meeting with me.

  8. Thanks for helping me get the materials I needed.

  9. I appreciate your involvement in this project.

  10. Your support means a lot to me!

  11. I wanted to say thanks for guiding me through this task.

  12. I appreciate the opportunity to attend this workshop.

  13. Thanks for bringing the delicious cookies to our luncheon.

  14. Thanks for standing up for me today.

  15. I appreciate the way you supported my opinion.

  16. Thank you for doing the research we needed for our project.

  17. Thank you for the bonus. I am incredibly grateful.

  18. Thank you for selecting me to receive this award.

  19. I am forever thankful for this opportunity.

  20. Thanks for giving me the feedback I needed to hear.

Related: How To Write a Business Thank You Letter

Interview thank you

After an interview, it is wise to send a thank you note or email letting the interviewer know you appreciated the time they took to speak with you. Here are some examples:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to interview me for the position.

  2. I wanted to express my gratitude for the opportunity to have an interview.

  3. Thank you for reaching out to me. I enjoyed meeting with you.

  4. I enjoyed speaking with you about the [job title] at [company name].

  5. I greatly appreciate the time you spent interviewing me.

  6. I appreciate your time and consideration in interviewing me for this position.

  7. I sincerely enjoyed speaking with you about the [job title] position.

  8. I want to take the time to thank you for meeting with me.

  9. Thank you for interviewing me.

  10. It was nice meeting you in person. I appreciate your time.

Read more: How To Thank Someone for an Interview (With Template and Examples)

Job referral/recommendation thank you.

When someone writes a job referral for you, consider these thank you messages to acknowledge their time and support:

  1. Thank you for writing a job referral for me.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to provide a reference for me.

  3. I appreciate your role in referring me to this company.

  4. I wanted to thank you for putting me in touch with your reference.

  5. I enjoyed speaking with [individual's name] at [company name]. Thank you for the reference.

  6. I appreciate you taking the time to write a reference for me.

  7. Thank you so much for referring [individual's name]. She was so helpful!

  8. I appreciate the reference you gave on my behalf.

  9. Thanks for the awesome referral!

  10. Thank you for taking the time to write me such a great letter of recommendation. Let me know how I can return the favor.

Related: How To Respond To a Compliment at Work (With Examples)

Advice thank you

When you get great advice, you may show your appreciation with these phrases:

  1. I appreciate you taking the time to speak with me.

  2. Thanks for the helpful advice!

  3. Thank you for sharing your advice with me.

  4. Thanks for agreeing to give me some advice.

  5. Thank you for offering your valuable advice.

Related: How To Write a Thank You Letter to Your Mentor (With Examples)

Service/volunteer thank you

When someone helps you or another person you know, it is always appropriate to send a thank you note similar to the ones below:

  1. Thank you for your service.

  2. I appreciate the help you gave me today.

  3. I will never forget your act of service.

  4. Thanks for [action performed] today.

  5. I am forever grateful for your support today.

  6. Thank you for providing your time and talents.

  7. Thank you for showing your great example of service.

  8. Thanks for giving your time to help our cause.

  9. Thanks for donating your time to our organization.

  10. Thank you for supporting our mission.

Information thank you

When someone helps you with finding information, consider the following messages:

  1. I appreciate the time you spent finding that information for me.

  2. Thank you for looking up that [topic] for me.

  3. I knew you would follow through with helping me. Thank you so much!

  4. Thank you for giving me this information.

  5. Thank you for being so helpful!

  6. Thanks for your input.

  7. Thank you for helping me find the information I needed.

  8. Thank you for the time you put into finding this information for me. It will make a difference in my presentation!

  9. You are royalty when it comes to research! Thank you!

  10. I knew if anyone could find this information, it would be you! Thank you for your excellent research skills and for helping me.

Related: Guide to Thank-You Notes (With Examples and Tips)

Donation thank you

When people donate things like money and items, consider a message like the following:

  1. Your donation is much appreciated.

  2. Thank you for donating to our charity.

  3. Thank you for providing [organization] with your donation.

  4. Thank you for donating to our organization.

  5. Thank you for contributing funds to our mission.

Related: How To Write a Thank-You Email After a Successful Event

Gift thank you

When someone gives you a gift, these messages help convey your gratitude:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to bring me [the gift].

  2. Thank you for the incredible gift.

  3. I am very grateful for your generous gift.

  4. I appreciate the special gift you've given me.

  5. Thanks for the thoughtful gift.

  6. That was very sweet of you to think of me. I love your gift!

  7. Thanks for the effort you made in putting together the [gift].

  8. I love the gift you gave me. Thank you so much!

  9. Thank you for thinking of me. I will cherish your gift always.

  10. This means so much to me! I know you're busy, and it means a lot that you took time out to do this!"

Related: How To Write a Business Gift Thank-You Letter (With Template and Examples)

Internship thank you

At the end of an interview, sending a thank you note to your supervisor shows your appreciation. Consider these phrases:

  1. Thank you for allowing me to complete this internship.

  2. Thank you so much for the internship experience.

  3. I appreciate everything you've taught me during this internship.

  4. Thank you so much for the opportunity to work on the [team] this summer.

  5. It's been a pleasure working with you these past [X weeks/months]. I wanted to thank you for all you've done for me.

Related: How To Write an Internship Thank You Letter (With Templates)

Thank You Letter Format
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Thank You Letter Format

  1. Start with a greeting.

  2. Share your gratitude with specific examples.

  3. Include any details from your conversations.

  4. Close with any additional thoughts or information.

  5. End with a polite closing.

*Proofread your message: Take a few minutes to review your thank you notes for any spelling, grammar or syntax mistakes. A message that’s free of errors shows you’re professional and detail-oriented.



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