When I started in the career coaching industry about 10 years ago, the thought of an email thank-you note after an interview was unheard of. Nowadays, I think it is more the norm. I counsel job hunters to send a thank-you email within 24 hours of their interview because:
- Hiring decisions are being made very quickly and you want to ensure you the hiring manager has a chance to read your final push for hiring.
- If the individual is traveling quite a bit, an email will reach the individual much faster and easier than a letter
A word of caution, it is important to draft a coherent, professional, grammatically strong email. Using abbreviations or slang terms (thx 4 the intrvu) is not advised. While the email thank-you tends to be more brief than a hand written thank you, it still needs to portray a professional tone.
If you know the hiring decision will be a week or two from your interview date, one idea would be to follow up with a quick thank you email and then send a more formal note where you detail your skills and desire for the job. This tact is also recommended if the individual who is hiring is “old-school” or traditional in his or her practices.
So email vs. snail mail? Both? Comments…