You survived the job interview, and you’re pumped up about the chance of working for the company. Now comes the time for sending a thank-you note to your interviewer or interviewers. But do you need to send a handwritten one, or an emailed one?
Some advise against such notes
There are several schools of thoughts on this. Many career advice experts and employers say that they would prefer to see an emailed note. After all, time is of the essence here. Even if you write a handwritten note immediately and send it out the next day, it could be 2 or 3 days, if not more, before the person or people you interviewed with even see the note. In the meantime, they could have already written you off for being considered for the job as somebody with bad manners because they didn’t receive a thank-you note immediately. In addition, some may you see sending only a handwritten thank-you note as that you are stodgy and stuck in the past.
Then there is the issue of handwriting. Many people have terrible penmanship. It won’t make the impression you want if your would-be employer cannot read what you wrote. And it’s not a good idea to have a friend with good penmanship write the note. This is the type of that deceit that may be minor, but could catch up with you one day.
Others say you should send handwritten thank-you notes
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But there are employers who would like to see handwritten thank-you notes. For example, you may want to send a handwritten thank you note if the company you are applying to work at is very traditional and buttoned-up, not to mention technophobic. If that is the case, a handwritten note may go over well for them. And obviously, if the company doesn’t use email, or give you an email to reach them out, a handwritten thank-you note is the way to go.
If you do send such a handwritten note, be sure to use quality paper and ink, and not some looseleaf paper ripped out of a notebook. You want the note to communicate class, not cheapness.
Some say you can cover your bases
There are a few career coach experts who say that you can send both sorts of notes – an immediate one via email, to be sent out the day of the interview, and a handwritten note to go out as well. This way, you can cover all the bases, and look tech-savvy and traditional at the same time.