Sending A Thank You Note
It goes without saying that sending a post interview thank you note is not only proper and professional, it is also crucial. Failing to do so can and will result in a candidate not moving forward in the process. It shows a genuine lack of interest in the position, and a lack of respect for the hiring authority.
Many people ask how a thank you note should be delivered. My advice is to e-mail it. Many candidates think that it is far more personal to leave a handwritten note at the hotel lobby if that is where the interview has taken place. The problem with that idea is that many hiring authorities do not check into a hotel- they merely use a meeting room or concierge room, and upon leaving do not stop at the front desk. Also front desk personnel may lose the letter. Candidates run the risk of the interviewer never getting the note if it is left at the front desk.
Another thing to consider is poor penmanship of a handwritten note. If the manager cannot read the note, it reflects poorly on the candidate.
Also, texting is not the way to go. Hiring managers have enough on their plate without a text message coming through that could disrupt a meeting or a manager’s train of thought. And we all know how misspelled words often appear on text messages.
The best way to send a thankyou is by e-mail. The hiring authority can read the e-mail in a more leisurely manner, it does not infringe on the manager’s activities, and it gives the manager time to respond. Just keep it to 2-3 sentences thanking the manager, reaffirming your interest in the position, and your desire /availability for the next step in the process. Sending an e-mail is the best way to go. Just make sure you send it as soon as possible after the interview- no later than the close of that business day.
Speaking of e-mails- we would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact us at any time.