So you go back to your dorm or apartment, do a celebratory dance around the room and for the
Your Thank You note!
Thank you notes are an essential part of the interviewing (formally or informationally) process. Here are some tips to help make sure your thank you note game is on point.
When do you send it? As soon as you get home - even mock up a draft on your phone when you leave. This is the best way to make sure you capture that funny joke you made or remember something you and the other person really bonded over. It will make your note more personal.
How do you send it? Email, snail mail, carrier pigeon... just send it! In today's day and age, people are moving quickly so email is totally OK (handwritten is always a nice touch but could take a few days so if you're going this route, drop the message in the mailbox the same day as your conversation.)
What do you say? Keep it short and sweet! First and foremost, thank the person for taking the time to meet with you, providing insights/tips, etc. If you can specifically highlight a few key takeaways from the conversation, even better. This way you show the person that you really did appreciate their time and that it was helpful for you.
Why do you have to send it? Because all the cool kids are doing it. Seriously. (Kind of). If everyone else that is interviewing is sending a thank you note, do you want to be the one person who didn't? Because many managers will take you out of the running if you don't send a thank you. That's the pessimistic view. For the optimistic view, think about a thank you as another opportunity to highlight the cool, fun, thoughtful person (and future co-worker) you are!
Bonus tip - thank yous should absolutely be sent after an interview but are always a nice touch when you've seen a speaker, shadowed someone or grabbed a coffee -- basically any time you're building your network and asking for someone's help, advice, etc. you should send a thank you.
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