A CareerBuilder infographic gives you the reasons to write post-interview thank you notes.


Thank You Note Etiquette

So now that you are convinced you should write a thank you note, what are the no-no’s?

1. Wait longer than 24 hours to email the thank you note. Prompt emails means you are interested and efficient.

2. Send the thank you note while you are still at the interview. Review and reflection of the entire interview day is a sign of depth of thinking and interest. This is not possible in the five minutes between interviews!

3. Fax, text or snail mail the thank you note. Don’t prove you are old fashioned by snail mailing or faxing your thank you note, or too young and too busy by texting it.

4. Use a Mr./Ms. as the salutation. You are an adult and so are they, use their first name.

5. Be too generic. Reference particular points made in the interview or concerns expressed about your candidacy. Be specific in addressing those concerns.

6. Be too personal. No matter how well you “clicked” with the interviewer this is a professional relationship and you are still selling yourself as an employee.

7. Write more than two paragraphs. The average attention span in 2015 was 8.25 seconds. Grab their attention, answer their questions and do it quickly.

8. Forget to have someone else proofread your note. Errors in grammar, spelling or vocabulary could cost you the job.

Review all these points in this slideshare:


Looking for help in your job search? Contact the recruiters at Smith Hanley Associates. We’ve been doing this for over 35 years, and can offer you help both before and after your thank you note.

One Response to “8 Interview Thank you Note No-no’s”

  1. Sharla Herbert

    I agree with most of the no-no’s; however, I don’t think a handwritten note, sent by snail mail, ever goes out of style. I always email a thank you note after the interview… either same day or definitely within 24 hours, but it’s also a nice touch to send a handwritten note, as well.


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