I get this question quite often from job seekers. Should I handwrite a thank you note and send through snail mail or should I email so the person can get my thank you that day? My answer is yes and yes.
Receiving a thank you note through email from a job candidate is a great way to refresh my mind at the end of the day. It shows that you left our conversation enthused and wanting to make an impression.
A thank you note through the mail is something we do not receive very often. I remember back in the early 90s when the morning and noon mail at work was two to four inches thick if not more. Letters could easily get lost in the fray. Today, the volume of mail we receive is much less so thank you notes stand out amongst the bills and junk mail. A thank you note through the mail is also received three to four days after an interview. Within your letter, note a discussion topic from our interview which will remind me of our conversation and reinforce your interest.
With the age of email, texting and social media, sending letters through the mail is not as natural as it used to be. We have to write the letter, address the envelope, put a stamp on the envelope and take it to the mailbox. That takes time, I agree, but this effort reinforces your interest and shows your added effort in securing the company’s offer.
My advice to job seekers is to email a thank you note later in the day of your interview and write a thank you note to send through the mail. Talk about making a great impression. You can’t go wrong.