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?
DeVry polled recent successful job seekers. Here’s how the 589 respondents broke out:
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:
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.”
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.
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Updated September 2020
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