Post # 1
So I had a great interview on Friday, and it’s time to follow up with a thank you note. Typically, I mail a handwritten note on pretty stationery, but I’m concerned that it may be too unprofessional and that the note will arrive in a few days…not quite as quickly as I would desire.
What do you ladies do for your thank you notes?
Post # 3
I usually do an e-mail followed up with a longer, hand written note.
Post # 4
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I always email the next day.
Post # 12
@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
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
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
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
@worldtraveler: Good advice! I think I will start incorporating that going forward.