(Closed) Do You Send Thank You Notes After Interviews?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do You Send Thank You Notes After Interviews?
    Always and I guarantee it helped me get the job! : (23 votes)
    23 %
    Always, but I don't know if it helps me get the job or not : (46 votes)
    46 %
    Sometimes, but when I do I always get the job : (3 votes)
    3 %
    Sometimes, but when I do I don't know if it helps : (8 votes)
    8 %
    Never. And I always get hired anyway! : (12 votes)
    12 %
    Never. It is pointless in today's difficult job market : (9 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Thank you notes are a nice idea… but, I think it’s important to immediately follow up, and snail mail takes a few days. Just send a nice, polite email thanking them for their time and that you’re excited to hear from them. Don’t overload it. Short and sweet. They WILL notice if you don’t follow up, too.

    Post # 4
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I always send a follow-up thank you email after interviews. I just thank them for their time and reiterate my interest in the position. Sometimes I use the thank you email as an opportunity to send them my letters of recommendation from prior employers as well.

    Post # 5
    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If you bombed it then, no, the letter will probably not make a difference. But if it’s a very close decision between two candidates, and one of them sends a thank you while the other does not….? I always send thank yous after interviews. And I’m not a super-etiquette person. I just think it opens to door for them to contact me back, and reminds them that I am on top of things. I send all of my thank yous by email.

    I will say I am also involved in the hiring process at my job, and when a candidate sends an email thank you to the people who interviewed him/her, it does favor our impression of them. These comments are passed back up to the hiring manager. So yes, it can make a difference. Of course you need to be a good fit too, but a thank you certainly can’t hurt, and I would not say pointless in any way.

    Post # 6
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I think people appreciate a hand written thank you card. I always send them to everyone involved in the interview. 

    Post # 7
    609 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    i do a lot with hiring and i know with my upper managment folks-it doesnt make a difference. but we are a huge company so we have rules we have to follow, so a thank you note wont change your score.

    It’s a nice and polite thing to do, but from my experience it doesnt make a difference.

    Post # 8
    5668 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Always, always, always. I don’t always write a handwritten one but at the VERY least an email. I have my old boss’ email inbox now since he moved on and took his place. I was looking for something a while ago and stumbled across my thank you email- and the emails of other candidates. Mine definitely stood out, and while I got the position due to my interview, I 100% believe the thank you sealed the deal.

    Post # 9
    2907 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I interview candidates at my job, and while i always appreciate a thank you note, receiving one has never made me more likely to recommend someone. (And not receiving one never made me less likely to recommend someone.) I think it’s a nice thing to do, but really not necessary, at least in my opinion. 

    Post # 10
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    I can say from my own experience as an interviewer, the people who send a thank-you do stand out, and personally I apprecieate the gesture because it shows me they care enough to do more than follow up with a call a week later, they actually want to continue the conversation right then.  In this day and age, I feel e-mail is best– this helps the interviewer keep the names straight, and in the fast paced world we live in, waiting for snail mail could mean the person has already seen 3-4 other people for the same job before they receive your follow-up. 

    Personally, I feel it is best to send a thank-you e-mail the morning after an interview. 

    Post # 11
    3947 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I always send an email.  I was in hiring for a couple of years and never received a hand written note.  I never expected one either.  Emails were always a great way for someone to say “thanks”.

    Post # 12
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    As an interviewER, I will say I never notice when I don’t get Thank You notes…and when I get the ones that are really brief, I think they’re a waste. I like the Thank You notes that reference something we said in the interview (ie, “I love how we connected over blah blah blah, I really hope to expand that relationship should I get the job…or “When you told me about xyz, it really reinforced how much I wanted to work at Organization). That being said, a Thank You note has NEVER caused me to change my opinion about who should get a job – that’s already been decided after the first five minutes of your interview Wink


    That being said, when the high school students I hire give me a Thank You note (versus the adult professionals), I really like it – I think it’s cute and shows good manners (which will hopefully result in a better employee).

    The BEST thank yous I get are after the person gets the job – maybe after a week or a month – when they come by and thank me for the opportunity and tell me how much they are enjoying the job. That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Smile

    Post # 13
    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We were hiring at my workplace several months ago, and after interviewing with our bosses, the candidates sat down with all of us in the office and we all talked for a while. One of them sent EVERYONE a handwritten thank you note. It was such a nice surprise to get that, and so classy I think.

    Post # 14
    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Unless I know I completely bombed the interview (happened once, UGH), I always send a thank you email.  I think it’s better because it’s faster…

    Post # 15
    746 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I always send thank you emails, and I make sure to mention something specific that we talked about in the interview — “I’m so excited that your school does _____, and I think I’m a perfect fit because of ______ experience that I had” or whatever.

    My dad does a lot of hiring, and he says he won’t even consider hiring someone if they don’t send a follow up thank you email, because he assumes that they don’t want the job if they don’t.

    Post # 16
    36 posts
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I work in human resources and would advise you to always send one, regardless of how you did. You may not get that job, but you may interview with the company in the future for a different position or cross paths with someone on the interviewing team in another way.

    It doesn’t take a lot of time and it’s a nice thing to do… really no excuse not to, in my book!

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