One thing is certain: after a job interview, it is important to thank your interviewer with a note that acknowledges their time, relevant points from the conversation, and your interest in the position. It’s far more complicated, however, deciding how you want to deliver your note. Should you send an email or write a handwritten note? A more traditional, handwritten thank you note can add a personal touch that may set you apart, but email is quicker, more efficient, and more reliable. Here are some suggested scenarios that may help you decide:
- How quick is the hiring process?
If you know that the company is looking to hire quickly, it may be better to send a thank-you email rather than a handwritten note. An email will allow you to respond quickly, and given the slower nature of the postal system, the recruiter may have already made a decision by the time it arrives. According to Monster, “Typically the interviewer or interview team makes its hiring decision within 48 hours after the last candidate interviews…In most cases, this is not enough time to receive a handwritten thank you note in the mail.”
On the other hand, if you happen to know that the hiring process is moving at a slower pace, a handwritten note can show that you are willing to go the extra mile.
- What type of company is it?
The type of company you’ve interviewed with can help you to determine whether or not you should send an email or a handwritten note. For example, if you are interviewing with a tech company, a handwritten note might appear to be more out of date than charming. For non-profits or businesses that are relationship-oriented, a handwritten note can be an impressive way to express your gratitude for an interview. According to business owner, Dianne Gottsman, if you are applying for jobs were it would benefit you to show of your creativity, sending a handwritten note on personalized notecards can help you to show off your creative brand.
Every recruiter is different. Some may be more touched by a handwritten note while others prioritize getting in touch with them sooner rather than later. For more information on how to ace a job interview, check out more blog posts, and get in touch with Staffers today. We offer temporary, temp-to-perm, and direct hire positions in office clerical and administration throughout the Jackson Metro area.