The first reason to send a "Thank You" note is common courtesy to the company representative(s) who invited you to interview for positions at their company. It is important to understand that, for some positions, literally thousands of candidates submit an application. For you to be one of the candidates receiving an interview is a great accomplishment. Another reason is to continue to express your interest in the position, assuming that you still are interested. By including a statement like "thanks for your time spend with me during our interview. The experience reaffirmed that your company and position would be a great fit with my skills and abilities." implies to a potential employer that you are still interested in the company. In addition, the more contacts you make, the easier it is for the recruiter/manager to remember you.
Thank you notes are extremely important and I have had managers specifically ask if a candidate sent one (electronic is fine) as it shows interest, writing skills and how the candidate interacts with others. Definitely a must!
Any time you have an interview, make sure you get the names and contact information for the people you are meeting with. It is best to send individual thank you notes and keep it short. You can start the note off with thanking the person you met with for their time, and then reiterating your interest in the role and company and then specifically noting something that you discussed in the interview. You can then close the note by providing your contact information and mentioning you are available if there are any additional questions
When sending a thank you note following an interview, keep it short. A hand written note is always appreciated but an email is acceptable as well. In your note, I would recommend thanking the interviewer(s) for their time. Include a recap of the skills you have for the position and how those skills would relate to the position and make you the best candidate. I would also recommend expressing your genuine interest in the position and why you would be a great asset to the team/company.
Such as address any mistakes that you may have made in the interview, revisit any unanswered questions, and most importantly show that you’re invested in the position and company
As a Recruiter it still surprises me how many people do not send a thank you note after an interview.
While [a handwritten note] is a "nice touch" and demonstrates that extra effort was taken, it is not necessary as email is a perfectly acceptable and expected form of business communication.
I am a strong believer in a hand written thank you note for several reasons. One reason is it isn't commonly done anymore and it will make you stand out!
Interviewers are typically impressed with handwritten notes because they are usually well thought out, take slightly more effort than e-mailed note and the card selected can show a glimpse of a candidate’s personality which is sometimes rather difficult to do when following proper interview etiquette.
Hand written thank you notes are always welcome and can differentiate you.
It shows good character and can be done via a hand written letter, email, LinkedIn note etc.
The email is going to get there faster so that is why I would send it. However, the hand written thank you letter is very rare and will stand out. The timing should work out as a nice reminder, too, when the letter arrives.
[I]t depends - if he/she responds, absolutely, reply and apologize for the oversight. If you do not receive a response after a few days to your initial "thank you" email, it might be a good idea to do a follow-up email and acknowledge the mistake.