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lnomm34
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Writing Thank You after Interview with Multiple Interviewers


How do you handle the follow-up/thanks after an interview with multiple interviewers? Do you address only the highest ranking person? Email them separately? Email both the same email together?

I know this is a dumb question, I just want to make sure I do the right thing.







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slaphappy
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re: Writing Thank You after Interview with Multiple Interviewers


You don't email....you send handwritten notes...to each individual...if you want to be proper





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Wooly
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Email them separately? Email both the same email together?


handwritten letters to each person, and anyone that helped line up the interviews

ive been writing a lot lately






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Rockyn
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re: Writing Thank You after Interview with Multiple Interviewers


Handwritten letters are not inherently the superior thank you method.

Whatever you write, please do not overkill with length. Keep any reiteration very short and sweet.






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reb13
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handwritten letters to each person, and anyone that helped line up the interviews

ive been writing a lot lately



just send an e-mail. Hand written letters get thrown in the trash.






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foshizzle
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re: Writing Thank You after Interview with Multiple Interviewers


Mostly it depends on how long the hiring company's interview cycle lasts.

Personally, I conduct interviews for one of the top 20 IT services firms and we start a typical day right after lunch. All the interviewers have submitted their recommendations by 5pm. A handwritten note is obviously a waste of time since the hire/nohire decision is already in the bag.

But there are other situations where the hiring cycle is longer. If you're looking for a spot with a small firm it makes much more sense, but for a big firm with a well-established process the decision was probably made before you got home.






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Cali 4 LSU
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Who do you work for and can you possibly shed some light on why my very qualified husband can't find a job in the IT field? He has a bachelors, masters, and some doctorate work...along with over 15 years experience. He has been looking since January with only 2 actual interviews...

It's been crazy that he can't even get an interview.






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Wooly
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Just going by what my dad told me he appreciates.. being as he is the ceo of his company I listen.

But as long as they get the message it helps






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elposter
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Handwritten letters are not inherently the superior thank you method.



Wow, according to this link, not only do most employers prefer email (not that surprising) or phone calls (fairly surprising to me) for a thank you, only 38% even think it is appropriate to do a hand written note. That is shocking that more than 60% of employers in this survey actually put some sort of negative connotation / inappropriate label on handwritten notes. This makes me rethink some things. Whether I have been the interviewer or the interviewee I have always sent or expected a handwritten note.

Furthermore, 27% say social media is okay for the thank you (only 11% less than those who approve of the handwritten note) and 10% say a text message is appropriate (that's low, but I am still surprised that it's even that high). I would definitely have a WTF? moment if someone tried to facebook or twitter a thank you note. A linkedin message would even be a little strange to me.

Survey:

HR managers also were asked, "Which of the following are appropriate methods for job applicants to thank an employer following an interview?" Their responses:

87% Email

81% Phone call

38% Handwritten note

27% Social media

10% Text message







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nelatf
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An email that I sent to the PRIMARY interviewer got me my first job at a Fortune 500 company.

3 of us all had the same education, experience and all of us nailed the final interview. I got the job because I emailed the lady that led the interview process - the other two mailed in notes.

Sent my email in that afternoon after the interview and that was the tiebreaker. I got the call the next morning and was working there a week later.

She disclosed all this to me my first day!

Edit - ask for their damn business cards in case you have any post interview questions. It will have their email address on it.



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MStant1
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In this day and age you should pretty much always email. A handwritten note may not even make it to the interviewer until after the decision is already made.

In fact if you don't send an email within a day of the interview most interviewers these days might just assume you aren't sending one.


ETA: Just make sure you turn off the "sent from my iphone/ipad/droid" note if you are sending it from your smartphone. It just looks tacky.



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NaturalBeam
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just send an e-mail. Hand written letters get thrown in the trash.
This. Sending hand-written notes for this occasion died 10 years ago.






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islandtiger
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I do a fair bit of interviewing and hiring upper level staff (MS/PhD) and I respond more favorably to an email. Who has time to actually open an envelope and read cursive? If you email, give it some time...give the impression that you actually gave the interview a little thought. I have received emails sent via smart phone less than 5 minutes after leaving the interview!





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DrEdgeLSU
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I too look down on the handwritten thing. Sure, it's cute and all, but it's honestly done way after the fact. A well-worded follow up email that reiterates your interest in the job is way better than a letter that I may or may not get days after we met.

I did some interviews here at my company this week, and my mind was made up 5 minutes into the meeting. A handwritten note surely won't sway me, because for me the ship has already sailed. An email, though, could seal the deal if there are 2+ solid candidates.






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Ric Flair
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My last interview about four years ago, I sent emails to everyone who interviewed me (about 7 people). I made sure to personalize each email, not just changing names, but threw in a quick sentence thanking them in particular for something--ie one person for clarifying my question about x, another for being candid about the pros/cons of working there (she was quite candid).

I also sent a handwritten card to the main boss.

I think email is a must for the following reasons:

1. It gives immediate feedback, not only reinterating the fact that you are interested, but I got a quick response from everyone I emailed, which basically let me know I was going to get an offer. One person emailed me back saying they were looking forward to working with me.

2. It opens up the communication lines if you had any follow up questions (less awkward than a phone call).

3. It can add several contacts--if you are a strong candidate who doesn't get the job, you can follow up the thank you note with a quick email saying you were sorry it didn't work out, and politely ask to keep you in mind for any future openings in that industry (either at that company or another), and they have an easy way to get in touch with you.






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Siderophore
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re: Writing Thank You after Interview with Multiple Interviewers


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You don't email....you send handwritten notes...to each individual...if you want to be proper


This is not a hard and fast rule in modern times.

It's a nice and quaint touch to be sure, but it's not reflective of the current times.

In my current job, I didn't even get a chance for them to read my thank you.

Interview was on a Friday and was hired by phone on a Monday.



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lnomm34
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re: Writing Thank You after Interview with Multiple Interviewers


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I sent emails to everyone who interviewed me (about 7 people). I made sure to personalize each email, not just changing names, but threw in a quick sentence thanking them in particular for something


This is the route I took. I'm crossing my fingers. This was a second interview. Hopefully I made a good impression. I feel like both interviews went really well, but they have a couple of internal folks that want to apply for the job. Politics may get in my way. I hope not, I'm more what they're looking for, but you know how that stuff goes. . .

Now I wait.






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dewster
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I email them separately as soon as I have time with personalized emails. Lots of times, the decision to hire is made within hours.


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Volumnia
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Send personal emails to each person within 24 hours. Make each one different and try to work in some personality along with proof that you not only understand what the job is about, but that you would be a good fit for it.





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islandtiger
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I usually interview over a few days so do not usually make a decision immediately (need to contact refs, etc.) but I do know who I will NOT hire within a few minutes of starting the interview.





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