/ Asked by Paige
I always like to write thank you letters after interviews. In the past I have always hand written them instead of email. Should I start emailing thank you letters instead of hand writing them? I feel like a hand written note could be seen as out dated.
Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I would send both. The email is going to  get there faster so that is why I would send it. However, the hand written thank you letter is very rare and will stand out. The timing should work out as a nice reminder, too, when the letter arrives.
Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
There is something so special about a hand written thank you note. Interviewers are typically impressed with handwritten notes because they are usually well thought out, take slightly more effort than e-mailed note and the card selected can show a glimpse of a candidate’s personality which is sometimes rather difficult to do when following proper interview etiquette. A hand written is a rarity in our fast paced, computer based world, but is most definitely never seen as outdated.
If time is not an issue, than a hand written note is always appreciated and would be sure to make you stand out from the crowd. However, if you know that a manager is trying to fill a position quickly or if you do not have time to run to the post office within the next day or so after your interview, an e-mailed thank you note is perfectly acceptable. What matters most, is that you are taking time to acknowledge that an interviewer took time out of his/her day to meet with you and to confirm that after reflecting on an interview, you are genuinely interested in the position.
Answered by Paula, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I recommend sending both. Depending on how quickly the recruiting process is moving, an e-mail ensures that you had an opportunity to thank the interviewer for their time and reconfirm your interest in the position. Hand written thank you notes are always welcome and can differentiate you.
Answered by Nicole, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Monday, November 18, 2013
I am a strong believer in a hand written thank you note for several reasons. One reason is it isn't commonly done anymore and it will make you stand out! Taking the time to write a professional, well-written note goes a long way. I also like that a thank you note comes a day or two later, a perfect time to remind them about you and reiterate your skills and interest in the position.
The only time I would recommend an email is if you know they are making a decision quickly or they travel and may not receive your note at the office. Make sure you ask at the end of the interview when they are making their decision and how to best reach them. These questions should give you the answer on which to choose. If you send an email start it by saying, I would have sent you a hand written note however due to your travels, or due to you making your decision quickly I wanted to email so you received this in time....
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Thursday, December 19, 2013
The approach you should take regarding thank you notes should vary dependent on the position for which you are applying. Generally, employers appreciate a hand written note as it often is viewed as a true indication of your interest level. From my experience, interviewers are sometimes turned off by the candidate that emails a thank you note within minutes of leaving the office. They sometimes think that it was a hurried, rushed thank you that was merely an attempt to ‘check the box’. However, if you are applying for a digital position, I would recommend sending an email.
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