Thank You Notes after an Interview

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: What kind of thank you note to send?
    Email : (29 votes)
    48 %
    Typed and mailed : (6 votes)
    10 %
    Handwritten and mailed : (21 votes)
    35 %
    Thank you notes? What?? : (4 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I usually do an e-mail followed up with a longer, hand written note.

    Post # 4
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @fancymichelle:  Always handwritten and mailed the day or two after the interview.  You can also email but make sure to send the handwritten note so they know that you respect their time enough to send a traditional handwritten thank you.  However, if you are applying for a less traditional job, say tattoo artist, sending a handwritten note may seem odd so email only is fine.

    Post # 5
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    3128 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    Usually I will send a short “Thank You” email along with my references after an interview then I also send a hand written thank you card. That way they receive one right away and one that has more of a personal touch- I like to cover all of my bases!

    Post # 6
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    1470 posts
    Bumble bee

    Handwritten thank you on awesome stationary, this might be creepy but I always try and send it from a nearby post office or mailbox so I know it has a shorter transit time! lol

    Post # 7
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    857 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Email! In my profession (teaching), they’re interviewing candidates all on one day and making the decision that day or the next. A letter wouldn’t arrive in time, and it would go through the secretary, sorting process, into the mailbox, etc… It would take 5-7 days, probably.

    Post # 8
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    860 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Early in my career, USPS would have been just fine.  Now in the age of email and the fact that it’s an employer’s market, they could have hundreds if not thousands of candidates for the position – there is no time to mail. 

    I work in IT and started off in Silicon Valley and email was sufficient – even in 1999.  When I was in the financial industry at one time I both emailed and mailed a typed card or letter on Crane stationary. 

    Post # 9
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    170 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Why not bring your thank you to the place of work personally? Then you know exactly when they get the thank you. And they get to see that you made the effort to go there.

    Maybe I’m just crazy and this is a bad idea though 🙂

    Post # 10
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    2400 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I mail them (handwritten) within 2 days after the interview, and also send a short e-mail thaking them for their time. BUT I live in a pretty secluded rural area so I know as long as I’m within a 20 mile radius it will get there the next day. Otherwise I’d just e-mail…

    Question- can I use my copious amounts of leftover wedding thank you cards or is that tacky? They are just a brown branch with two blue birds on cream paper & “thank you” on front…. 

    Post # 11
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    2151 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I always email the next day.

    Post # 12
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    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @fancymichelle:  I am a hiring manager for reference. Everything happens so quickly that a handwritten note would take too long to arrive. An email is essentially expected within 48 hours max (I always do within 24 hours). I think following up with a handwritten note is redundant and I may have schedule a second interview with you by the time I receive it. Handwritten is sweet but outdated and doesn’t really work with current hiring practices.

    Post # 13
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    6928 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I usually just email either later that day or the next morning. The mail is too slow for the jobs I was looking for – they make decisions fairly quickly, in general, and I didn’t want to send a thank you note by mail and it get there two days after they picked someone else or had already called me to offer the job or a second interview.

    I am a teacher like @hisprettygirl so there isn’t time to delay – they’ve already met all of their candidates either on the same day or will by the following day.

    Post # 14
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    118 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I always do an email. You never know how quickly they will decide, how long it takes to get their mail, etc. Plus, unless you have nice handwriting, it can look unprofessional. No need for my child-like scrawl to be a reason they don’t hire me!

     

    Post # 15
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    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I do email for out of state jobs, after phone interviews and if the timeline they gave me indicates that a decision will be make quickly.

    I do handwritten only when it’s an in-person interview AND it’s in-state AND they have indicated that they will need a few weeks to make a decision.

    My instincts tell me that handwritten is preferred but it all depends on how quickly the note can get there vs their timeline.

    Post # 16
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    2576 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @worldtraveler:  Good advice! I think I will start incorporating that going forward.

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