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Old 09-04-2013, 01:47 PM
 
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When it comes to post job interview thank you notes, is e-mail or snail mail the route to go these days?

It would seem that neatly written, snail-mail may be more personable, but it may take a couple days, and maybe never finds the right person. E-mail may not be as personable, but it gets there faster, and is highly unlikely to get lost. One website claims the snail mail route is hardly done these days.

What's the verdict here?
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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When it comes to post job interview thank you notes, is e-mail or snail mail the route to go these days?

It would seem that neatly written, snail-mail may be more personable, but it may take a couple days, and maybe never finds the right person. E-mail may not be as personable, but it gets there faster, and is highly unlikely to get lost. One website claims the snail mail route is hardly done these days.

What's the verdict here?
I use email, for the reasons you mentioned.

When I'm the interviewer, I appreciate either equally.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:35 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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As a frequent recipient, taking the time to write by hand is clearly more appreciated. The last person I hired hand delivered
thank you notes the next day to the receptionist in the lobby for me and the others from the interview. We hired him, but
had already made that decision the afternoon before. Whether or not I get a thank you would never make any difference in whether I hire someone. Even with 100+ applicants I will get it down to 10-12 maximum and schedule all for the same day, and almost always have made a decision before I would have gotten a thank you. It is nice to get them, though.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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I would just send an email or just don't send it.
We normally throw random letters away "Thank You" notes don't matter to us. We never make any decision based on that. Not sure about other companies.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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i e-mail, for the sake of speed. i do have a friend who got a job recently and her new employer specifically mentioned how much they appreciated getting a handwritten note, though.

as for their overall importance, i got really positive feedback on my thank you's at my newest job, but i don't know that it was a huge factor in the decision. i work for a nonprofit and i do think that the passion for the organization's mission that i demonstrated in my cover letter, interview, and thank you notes had a lot to do with me getting hired. so it mattered in that way. and i do think it can sometimes help tip the scales if it's close between you and someone else.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:50 PM
 
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As a frequent recipient, taking the time to write by hand is clearly more appreciated. The last person I hired hand delivered
thank you notes the next day to the receptionist in the lobby for me and the others from the interview. We hired him, but
had already made that decision the afternoon before. Whether or not I get a thank you would never make any difference in whether I hire someone. Even with 100+ applicants I will get it down to 10-12 maximum and schedule all for the same day, and almost always have made a decision before I would have gotten a thank you. It is nice to get them, though.
I would think very poorly of a candidate who showed back up at the office the next day to hand out thank you notes.

Email a thank you and use the email as a way to sell yourself a little bit more. (Just a sentence or two.)
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