Post # 1
So here’s what’s going on. On November 5th, I had an interview that went well. The day after, I sent a thank you note via email to each person that interviewed me (there were three).
On November 20th, I had a second interview with the same company. I met with two of the same people from before and the third was someone I had never met.
So my question is this. Do I send them a thank you note via snail mail for this second interview? Or is it overkill since I had already sent a thank you email after the first interview?
And if I do send a thank you note via snail mail, what do I say? And do I send three different notes for each person? Or just one addressing everyone?
Post # 3
@LadyBlackheart: I don’t know what the proper etiquette is, but my initial reaction would be that it’s overkill. I would leave it as is, and at the most follow up in a week if you don’t hear back, unless they gave you a different time frame for a call back?
Post # 4
I would say you’re set for thank you notes, unless the new 3rd interviewer was higher-up in the company than the previous one.
For example: First interview you were interviewed by 3 supervisors, second interview you were interviewed by two supervisors and their boss.
I’d send a note to just the higher up new interviewer.
Post # 5
@BrandNewBride: You’re right, the new third interviewer was the owner of the company and their boss. But I only spoke to him for about 15 minutes and we barely touched on my resume. Just talked about the company in general and we also talked about other stuff. Like the fact that he regretted not finishing his piano lessons and my regret that I didn’t keep up with playing softball.
I got the impression that I only met him so he could gauge my personality and decide if he liked me or not. To see if I meshed well with everyone else.
I also got the impression that he is rarely in the office. So if I was to send him a thank you note tomorrow, I don’t even know if he would receive it in time before the other two interviewers made their decision. I got the sense the other two interviewers are the ones who will make the final hiring decision.
So with that in mind, do I still send him a thank you note?
Post # 6
I would send him one…because if you get hired it will be a nice touch and he’ll know that he picked a courteous new employee.
Post # 7
I probably still would!
If you get hired, then he’ll have an extra reason to like you.
If you don’t, he’ll have a sad reminder that they should have hired you!
Post # 8
I had a very similar situation. first interview, sent an email. second interview (with different people) I sent a letter via snail mail. I got an offer call the same day I sent the letter… so I felt a little silly knowing that they hired me and would be getting a thank you letter a day or two later.
Post # 9
I have actually been interviewing people for the past few weeks, so I can tell you my perspective from the other side. I expect a thank-you email (snail mail is too slow and, in my opinion, inappropriate for my industry) after each meeting I have with a candidate. the person we ended up hiring interviewed with us twice, and after both interviews he sent an email saying how much he enjoyed our conversation and that he was very interested in the job. This is the approach I’d take.
Post # 10
Ask A Manager (my fave!) says that a post-interview thank-you note shouldn’t just be about thanking the interviewer. It should be about making a connection between the conversation you had and your interest in the job. There are surely things you can pull from the second interview that you can comment on that were different from the first interview.
Fingers crossed for you!
Post # 11
I would at least send one to the company owner. If you felt like the conversation with the other two that you had previously met progressed and/or you have additional connections you would like to reinforce I would send follow ups to them as well. I think those that send thank yous always stand out from those that do not. As someone who hires people about once a year or so and interviews for interns a thank you reminds me of a candidate even after their interview. I think you’re probably one of the best people though to decide whether or not to send second thank yous as you were the one there to get the vibe of the company, interview, and the position. You don’t always know what is going on in a company and who truly has the decision power. For example I always interview potential interns or staff, but they always meet with my direct reports as well. The candidates that stand out the best are the ones that send thank yous to ALL of us.
Post # 12
It may seem like overkill but I’d send thank you notes to everyone who interviewed you. I was in a similar position but I interviewed with the same three people in my second interview as I did in my first interview. I thought it would seem like I’m trying too hard and being a pest but I sucked it up and did it because all the job sites I checked said to do it. Obviously sent differently worded thank you notes that briefly went over what we had discussed in the second interview. Happy to say I got the job!:)