An email is fine. It’s also average. I’m talking an old-school, hand written thank you. Some people don’t like snail mail. I love it. You know why? Because the only envelopes I get in the mail now are bills and credit card offers.
It’s amazing how many people DON’T write thank-you notes after interviews. It’s one of those things… it’s like flossing. You know you should and need to do it, and it really isn’t difficult, and it takes hardly any time to do it, but it’s such a chore and does it really even matter?
Well, for one, if they are interviewing a ton of people this is one more way for an employer to remember you by. And maybe there is something (keep it to ONE thing) that you forgot to mention during the interview. In 1 or 2 sentences you can say why you are absolutely perfect for this internship. And, because, it’s polite.
Okay I’ll do it. What else?
Don’t ask for anything. The worst was when someone emailed me after an interview and asked if we could decide soon because he was going home that weekend and wanted to know if he should bring back his social security card or passport in case he got hired. Okay…
Snail mail is called snail mail for a reason. If you wait a week to mail it, you might miss your chance. Put it in the mail the day after your interview and you should be fine. What you shouldn’t do is have a pre-written thank you that is already in the mail the day of your interview.
Include your contact info in the note – full name, email, and phone number. Also, this isn’t a love letter and we aren’t BFFs. “Love, Synthia” with a heart over the “i” is not the right way to end this.
Note: I said NOTE. Not letter. To be honest, you’ve already possibly talked to me in the following ways: cover letter/personal message, application, phone interview, regular interview, and even a possible tweet. How much more do you have to say?
That’s it. Easy, right? Exactly.