Should You Send A Handwritten Or Email Thank You Note After A Job Interview?

Should You Send A Handwritten Or Email Thank You Note After A Job Interview?

A quick, effective thank you note sent to your interviewer reinforces your interest in the job and may help him or her better remember you from the giant pool of applicants. But you might wonder whether you should pen or email your thanks.

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Jessica Liebman, Managing Editor of Business Insider, who’s responsible for the site’s editorial hiring, strongly advises email, saying handwritten thank you notes feel ancient and formal and have too much of a delivery delay. Email, on the other hand, you know will get into the interviewer’s inbox.

Personally, I disagree, however — or, at least, I think it depends on the situation. If the company you’re applying to is a very formal or traditional company or you want to stand out in some way from the other applicants, a nice handwritten note might be effective. Your email could easily be lost in the interviewer’s inbox, whereas snail mail might be less likely to be buried. If you have atrocious penmanship, though, go the email route, of course.

There are lots of differing opinions and perspectives in the comments on the Business Insider article, but what do you think?

Answered: Should You Send a Handwritten or Email Thank You Note After an Interview? [Business Insider]


  • I personally think it’s an excellent idea. All too often someone who is offered a position after an interview may for whatever reason decline the offer before they are due to start. Then it goes back to looking through a shortlist. I’d in a heartbeat look very closely at someone who took the time to say thanks for the interview. It’s professional and courteous. Bottom line is that anything you can do that’s unique and stands out from the others is a great thing and it only takes a few minutes to make that difference.

  • It seems to me that asking for a job is very debasing. To then have to thank the people for giving me the opportunity to debase myself is to add insult to injury. Really, the interviewers should thank those that they interview.

  • My issue with handwritten thank you’s is that I live in a regional area and very often interview via phone or video. Very often, the hiring manager makes up his or her mind within a day or so, which is not enough time for a posted thank you note to arrive in the city in which the company is located, let alone get past its mailroom delays.

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