Post # 17
I had no idea people handwrote interview thank you notes. I was always taught that it was too casual and borderline unprofessional – at least that’s what I was taught. I guess it probably depends on your industry though.
Post # 18
For all the interviews I had I did an e-mail follow-up with a thank-you and I would try to reference the interview in some way: ask a question, add a note about something I said, etc. For example, for the job I have now, after my interview I e-mailed my interviewer and thanked him and wished his family member well after their recent surgery (that he mentioned at the time).
Honestly I think e-mail is best. They get it almost instantly and you don’t have to worry about it getting lost and it’s only as personal as you make it.
Post # 19
@MrsPanda99: one of my friends is a VP at a huge corporation and he interviews and hires people all the time. he always says that thank you notes are an overkill for him.
Post # 20
I would go with an email and if you know it’s going to be a while for the final decision, then send a hard copy. Some hiring managers, like mine, will extend the offer the same day or the next business day so there’s no way a handwritten note will make it unless you drop it off in a post office adjacent to the place immediately after your interview.
I should also mention that depending on the organization, they may not check their mail boxes (e.g. my manager never checks his mailbox for letters since he never gets them) so there’s a chance they may not see it until well after they’ve hired someone. I check my mailbox more often because I occasionally get invoices and the like, but my manager (a Director) never gets anything via USPS. As such, an email is always a good idea IMO.
The past few times I’ve interviewed candidates, I’ve only received email TYs.
Post # 21
@bebero: I have never heard of anyone not sending a thank you email. It takes 2 seconds and keeps you top of mind. An actual note would just be ridiculous in my mind. I would immediatly think, “how desperate this candidate must be for a job.”