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Thank You!

You haven’t said it if it’s not in writing

➔ Just because you’ve completed your job interview, that doesn’t mean that your responsibilities have been met. It should come as no shock that virtually all job-search experts recommend sending a thank you note to your interviewer(s).

Most everyone accepts this time-honored tradition. (Actually, it’s not a tradition so much as it’s the right, respectful and professional thing to do.) The biggest question that today’s job seekers face in this situation is: Do I need to send a hard copy thank you through the mail, or will an email suffice?

The more things change…

While there is no 100 percent consensus on the issue, most recruiters feel that it’s best to send both. Send an email as quickly as possible – the same day if feasible. The hand-written version should be mailed the next day or no later than the day after.

The other question is: would a text message thank you do the trick? Our advice is that one should not assume that a text message is acceptable. This is especially true with the immediacy of email. Over time this may change, but for now, if you email and conventional mail, you should be covered.

Regardless of how casual or relaxed the interview may have appeared to you – even if you’re not interested in the position – it’s best to err on the side of professionalism. Thank them for their time and interest, and be sure to remind them of any commitments (“I’ll call you the first of the month.” “If I don’t hear from you, I’ll reach out in four to six weeks.”

Also, to cement your persona in their memory, in your thank you make reference to something that was said during the interview. This could be a reminder of a work experience you shared; or a mutual acquaintance; or a reference to a follow up as mentioned above.

This is your opportunity to demonstrate that you’re the requisite professional and it’s your chance to leave the interviewer with a positive impression of you and your interview.


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