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Are Thank You Notes Passé?

Candidate Advice

As a recruiter I am always asked: Is that necessary? Do I send via email or snail mail?

The better question is: why would you not send a thank you note? It would be sad in this very competitive market, if you lost the job to someone only because that was the one thing they did, and you did not.

A formal handwritten note isn’t necessary, but I had a candidate who prepared and handed her interviewers thank you letters. Then she followed up with an email reinstating what they discussed. They hired her immediately because they were impressed with her thoroughness and attention to detail.

Send a thank you note within 24 hours of the interview. Yes, an email is fine. Three things to include:

● Briefly discuss how you fit the role you interviewed for and remind them of any specific topics discussed

● Include a reference to a specific topic from the interview to remind them who you are

● Be succinct and sincere and ask for the next step

Pati Kelly is a contingent and retained recruiter exclusive to the electrical industry with a specialty in Wire and Cable. To learn more about how she can help your company identify and attract talent, view her LinkedIn profile or send her an email at