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Ask the Pros: Is It Okay to Email my Thank You Note After an Interview?
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Today we're tackling the post-interview thank-you note...
QUESTION: Is it okay to send a thank-you email after my interview or should I stick to a hand-written note through regular mail?
PRO: Ann Davidson - Photo Director, HGTV Magazine
Yes, I think emails are completely acceptable. A handwritten note is wonderful, but an email is fast and it will not get lost in the mailroom. If you really want a job, send both!
PRO: Cass Spencer - Design Director, Prevention
I think an email is enough ... notes are pleasant to receive, but both show you're interested. The impact would've been made in the interview process, therefore neither are necessary and won't sway the interviewer from the decision they've already made about you.
PRO: Jesse Southerland - Design Director, Philadelphia
Send both. It's always weird mailing a card, because you don't want it to arrive late. So I would email shortly after, and get the card in the mail or drop it directly. Sending a card shows professionalism which can often say more than your work when you are starting off. You might not have real design experience, but you have no excuse to not be professional.
PRO: Julia Knetzer - freelance designer and art director
Emailing thank yous is becoming more and more acceptable, but I say that's all the more reason to send a hand-written note. Showing that extra effort communicates an extra level of interest and appreciation that surely can't hurt -- and may set you apart from other equally impressive candidates.
PRO: Matthew Bates - Creative Director, Active Interest Media Outdoor Group
I don't mind an email at all. I would say that hand-written note sticks with me longer, so if you are trying to get my attention, you have a better shot. Either way you go, letting someone know you appreciated them taking the time to meet with you goes a long way.
PRO: Ryan Haigh - Designer, Complex
Thank you e-mails are fine and thoughtful, but there's a chance of that e-mail getting lost in our chaotic inboxes. I always appreciate the old-fashioned approach. Hit up your interviewer with a nicely written note. It shows you care, because you took the time to sit down and write a letter, grabbed an envelope, and personally brought that letter to the mailbox. And you caring means you're going to take an internship or job seriously.
PRO: John Walker - Art Director for Mobile, Popular Mechanics
I rarely receive either! And have forgotten to send some on my own end. Hand-written certainly suggests more interest in the job, but a nearly instantaneous email afterwards would suffice also.