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Strategic Project Mgmt + Leadership Development
08/27/21 at 9:27PM UTC
Don't send a thank you note!
Conventional wisdom says you should always send a thank you note after an interview.
I think they’re a waste of your time.
I don’t know of a single hiring manager who has changed a hiring decision based on receiving or not receiving a thank you note.
Also, for the love of all things, do not ever ever ever send a handwritten thank you note. First of all, anyone in a large corporation may not even get it. I once got a vendor Christmas gift postmarked mid-December…the following July. (And I was so sad to throw away those macaroons!). Second, by the time it gets to the person, the time for follow-up has long since passed.
As for email thank you notes, why in the world are you contributing to the endless inbox clutter with “thanks, I’m excited to meet you.” According to Campaign Monitor, the average professional receives over 120 emails per day, and that number is only increasing.
Just don’t bother. They either liked you or they didn’t.
What to do instead:
If, and only if, you have a follow-up thought to the conversation or helpful article to share, then, yes, send an email. The only reason to communicate is if you have additional value to provide.