The interview is often regarded as the most important part of the job search process, and with good reason, as it is typically the first interaction one has with his or her prospective employer. However, there is an aspect of the interview that is often overlooked, the thank you note.
When an interview is concluded and one returns home, he or she should be certain to send a short thank you note to everyone they interacted with. While it may seem unnecessary to send a thank you note to the receptionist, it is important. Not only is it the respectful thing to do and a sign of strong personal development but such employees are often “gate keepers” to the higher-ups, meaning that they can help one communicate with his or her potential future employer.
One of the modern conundrums that has arisen regarding the thank you note is whether to send it via email or regular mail. There is no firm answer for this question, however, and one should approach the situation on a case-by-case basis. If the interview was at a smaller, more formal firm, a hand-written note may be more appropriate, while at larger firms, an email may be less likely to get lost.