This is a question I get asked all the time.
In a day and age when everyone is almost constantly email-accessible, and immediacy is essential, it’s easy to understand why many people defer to sending an email “thank you” to hiring decision makers after a job interview.
But I don’t think this question would even be an issue if we didn’t each know, deep down, that a handwritten thank-you note is the way to go.
It’s personal. It shows you care. It proves that you’re willing to do more than what’s “expected.”
But what about the immediacy problem? What if someone else interviews that same day and sends an email a few hours after their interview, upstaging you? Here’s a solution I like: Bring the “thank you” card with you. Write everyone who interviewed you RIGHT AFTER the interview. Comment on things that you appreciated and look forward to helping in their workplace while it’s fresh in your mind. You can do this parked in your car or at a nearby coffee shop. Then take it right back in and ask the receptionist to distribute the notes a few hours later.
Now you tell me – which would YOU whether receive if you were the hiring decision maker?!