It is a hallowed after-interview tradition that you send your interviewer some form of interview thank you note to thank them for their time and effort in reading your resume and interviewing you. It is also an unspoken truth that the interview thank you note is another way of getting yourself into your interviewer’s good books and reminding them of yourself, so that you will not be so easily forgotten among the multitude of other hopefuls applying for the same job.
Origin of the Problem
Previously, the interview thank you note did not present any sort of problem. You simply wrote a thank you letter and mailed it to your interviewer following your interview. In today’s modern world, however, it has become an accepted practice among some interviewers and companies to send interview thank you emails in the place of physical letters. It would not be so much of a problem if it were specified somewhere which form you were to use for each particular job interview, but that is most definitely not the case.
A Matter of Preference
Some of the time, it will not matter whether you choose to send an interview thank you letter or email, as some interviewers are not at all fussy about this. However, there are quite a few interviewers who do care about which form their interview thank you note comes in, and your being rewarded with your dream job could very well depend on how savvy you are at picking out a particular interviewer’s preferred form of thank you note.
A general rule of thumb would be to use the same format as you were instructed to use to send in your resume. Some companies will request that you send them your printed resume via regular post while other companies prefer that you email a digital copy of your resume to them. If you are in doubt and have nothing else to go by, then your best bet is to follow this rule of thumb.
Noticing the Details During Your Interview
It is extremely important, however, to be as perceptive as possible during your actual interview. Take note of everything that might be of use to you, no matter whether it might be in deciding what the content of your interview thank you note should be or what form it should take.
If you were to walk into the office of your interviewer and notice that there was very little printed paper, if any, on their desk, and that desk was dominated by a large desktop computer, then you can safely assume that that particular interviewer is more comfortable working on the computer and you should send them an interview thank you email.
If, however, you walk into your interviewer’s office and notice that they do not even have a desktop computer in sight, then it would be an excellent bet that that particular interviewer would much prefer to be sent an interview thank you letter through regular post.