Writing your thanks down with pen and paper is becoming a lost art. While I was applying for jobs and internships, one of the things I was taught, by Lauren Berger was the importance of sending a thank you note. Here is a short list of rules I've acquired regarding saying a proper thanks, and staying at the top of the candidate pile.
- Saying thank you in general is a must in any form, but I say snail mail and email are the way to go. Yes, BOTH.
- Three or four hours after your interview, be sure the email your interviewer a concise note thanking them for their time and for what you learned during the interview (2 to 3 sentences max).
- Once you get home, that same day, write a hand written thank you note on personal stationary or generic stationary/cards and drop it in the mail ASAP. This note should be reflective on what was discussed in the interview, and elaborate on why selecting you would benefit both of you. *Make sure to grab a business card of the interviewer so you have their address and correct spelling of their name.
The reason to send two different notes of thanks is to stay at the front of the pack. The initial thank you shows initiative, and the second serves as a reminder to them.
Oh, and don't over thank them, two is the perfect amount.
If you're beyond the interview stage, you are not exempt from sending thank you notes. People do things for us all of the time- big and small, and they should not go un-thanked! Invest in some nice stationary, and be the one who people mention took the time to thank them for having you over for dinner, or for the Christmas gift.