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Old 11-18-2015, 07:19 PM
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I had a job interview on Monday. I met for a half an hour each with four people so the entire interview ran from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. I get really nervous on interviews but I prepared and I think it went well. I left feeling very optimistic. I sent four separate thank you e-mails (and copied the HR person on each one) first thing Tuesday morning. I only had the e-mail address for the HR person but since company e-mail addresses usually follow the same naming convention, I didn't think it was necessary to ask for business cards. I formatted each e-mail address using the same style: first initial.last name@company name.org. I received an out-of-office e-mail message for one out of the four e-mails I sent. It was from someone at the company but not the person I intended it for. It was from someone who also had the same first initial but it was a different first name.

So I then called the main number for the company, explained my situation, and asked for the person's correct e-mail address. I was told they can't give out that information. I then mentioned that I followed the same naming convention as the HR person's e-mail address and the receptionist said they don't format their e-mail addresses that way. So...I then called the HR person directly telling her what happened (although she should be able to figure it out too since I copied her on the e-mail in question) and asked her to call me back so I could get the correct e-mail address and resend it. That was yesterday morning and I didn't get a call back. I gave her until this afternoon and I still didn't hear back so I called her again and left another voicemail message. Her recording didn't state that she was out of the office but of course she could have been out sick or something. I'm left feeling a bit confused and deflated. I didn't feel like I did anything wrong yesterday but now I can't help feeling like maybe I did screw up somehow. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts!
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:58 PM
 
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Send actual thank you cards via USPS. Don't mention the email mix-up. In the future, always ask for a business card.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:06 PM
 
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It's not that important. Every once in awhile someone will tell a story about how a thank you note got them a job. About all of us who hire people will tell you that they don't have any impact on the hiring process.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:16 PM
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It's not that important. Every once in awhile someone will tell a story about how a thank you note got them a job. About all of us who hire people will tell you that they don't have any impact on the hiring process.
I agree with you. The general consensus seems to be that it's still the proper thing to do though.
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:25 AM
 
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You can send that person an actual thank you note if the email thing didn't work out. And for next time, while you're sending a thank you note out to someone you know and don't have one person's email, you can say "Could I get Ms. X's email please? I wanted to personally thank her myself for taking the time out to interview me." Good chance that you'll get the email you want that way. Good luck!
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:00 AM
 
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It was unprofessional for them not to return your call.
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Old 11-21-2015, 09:08 AM
 
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if you really like to send thank you notes- then just send them via regular mail. I will tell you as a prior hiring manager i never cared if i received thank you notes or not. More often than not i was too busy to even pay much attention to them to be honest. You'll get the job if you were the best applicant, not because you did or didn't send a thank you.

Also as you've quickly learned don't assume naming conventions for email. Sometimes companies will change conventions multiple times so it's best to ask for the email if you want it.

I also wouldn't recommend calling the HR person back again. They are extremely busy (and i'm not the HR recruiter fan person) and they probably have a lot of other openings they are working. You will run the risk of being mentioned off the record to the hiring manager if you continue.
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