Email Interview Thanks

65% of Successful Job Seekers Use Email to Thank Interviewers

You don’t have to send a hand-written thank you note after the interview to land a job. 

Recent research by DeVry University found that 65% of successful job seekers used an email — not a note, not a letter — an email

Isn’t it nice to finally have some hard data to rely on when deciding how to thank your interviewers?

The Research

DeVry polled recent successful job seekers. Here’s how the 589 respondents broke out:

DeVry Study on Successful Job Seekers -- Participants

The Findings

98% of the study participants thanked their interviewers. They used a variety of methods:

  • 65% emailed their interview thank you.
  • 17% mailed a hard copy thank you (hand-written or typed).
  • 16% called to say “thank you.”

Here’s the summary from DeVry:

Interview Thank You Study Results

As you can see, it doesn’t appear to have mattered so much how the successful job seekers said, “Thank you.” Rather, it mattered that they said, “Thank you.”

You can find two sample interview thank you missives, suitable for emailing, here and here.

Another Good Reason for Using Email

As it turns out, email is a more forgiving platform. If you make mistakes, they’ll be easier to fix if you use email than if you use snail mail.

Image courtesy of Clem Onojeghuo
Updated September 2020

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Comments 4

  1. Donna, Could you suggest a list of techniques to politely request that the interviewer divulge his/her e-mail address. Thank you, John


    In person, exchange business cards.

    On the phone, ask for their email and say you want to send them a thank you note.

  2. Thanks for this amazing post Donna. Will definitely make it a point to send up more follow-up emails after meeting people at different events. Would love to hear your thoughts on writing a professional and engaging email to reach out to people you’re excited to work with!

  3. Hi Donna, thanks, good article. Having worked on the hiring side of the desk for 20+ years, I find it hard to fathom that 98% of interviewees sent a thank you (either by e-mail, mail or phone). My experience has been well under 50% overall. Although perhaps the qualifier is successful interviewees sent them. Also, my experience has been that the more experienced the job seeker, the more likely that they would send a thank you. Entry level college grads rarely send a thank you. I guess it’s something you learn as you go along in your career, but it’s a good life skill to have from entry level forward.

  4. I believe that sending a well organized and timely thank you note can add a positive impression. Whereas, many of my friend’s don’t believe in sending Thank you mail as they think it is not a great idea because it makes you seem a bit desperate.


    Hi Tressie,

    It’s courtesy, not desperation.

    Thank you,


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