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So many things have changed about the job search process over the last few years.   You may be wondering if the thank you letter is still relevant in this era of texting and instant messaging.  Well, the answer is yes.  The thank you letter is one thing that hasn’t changed.  You are still expected to send one.

According to a survey done by CareerBuilder.com, more than one in five employers say that they are less likely to hire a candidate who does not send a thank you letter after the interview.  Even though 22% of all employers may not seem like a huge number, you clearly are taking your chances if you don’t send a thank you letter, which is now considered standard post-interview etiquette.

Here are some answers to questions you may have about the thank you letter.

1) What’s your best advice for sending a thank you note after a job interview?

Before the interview ends, it is a good idea for job seekers to ask for the business cards of all the people who interviewed him or her. That way, you will have the correct spelling of the interviewers’ names as well as their contact information. You should send thank you letters to everyone who participated in the interview process.

2) How long after the interview should you send it?

Job seekers should send thank you letters within 24 to 48 hours of the interview, either through email or snail mail. Keep in mind that a well-written thank you letter can make the difference between the job seeker being called back for a second interview or not.

3) Is it better to send a hand-written thank you note or an email?

A thank you note via email is good when time is of the essence. If you have reason to believe that the employer is going to make a decision very soon, you want to submit your thank you note as quickly as possible, and email is the best way to do that. Email is perfectly acceptable, with 87% of hiring managers now viewing a thank you letter via email as appropriate.

On the other hand, if you can send a personal thank you note through the mail, that will get the employer’s attention because so few people use snail mail anymore. If your penmanship is not the best, I would advise you to send a professional thank you card that you can get at any office supply store.

4) What should your thank you letter include?

Of course you should thank the interviewer for the interview, but above and beyond that, it is an opportunity to mention anything that may be relevant to your candidacy that you did not say in the interview.   It is also a time to reiterate your interest in the position.  You can emphasize a few of your strengths that directly relate to the position to reinforce for the interviewer not just your interest but also how well your background suits the requirements of the position.

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