Re: Post-interview: "We'll call you"

Subject: Re: Post-interview: "We'll call you"
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 08:47:17 -0700

The question of handritten/signed/snailmailed/registered thank-yous
depends a lot on corporate culture. If a company comes across as one of
those hip, modern, "with-it" kind of places where things get done via
email, webcam chat clients and text and twitter messages, the formal
paper note may cause them to view you as "stodgy" and "not fitting in,"
especially if you are old enough to be some of your interviewers'
parent. Making them *sign* for the formal note may cause them to view
you as more akin to their parents' lawyer, which could be even worse.

One of your key objectives in any interview should be to get a handle on
the corporate culture. If you come out of an entire day of meetings and
are still unsure which form of post-interview follow-up will be most
suitable, you haven't asked enough of the right questions.

Gene Kim-Eng


----- Original Message -----
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
> Here's a question, raised by that remark.
>
> I agree that you should send the HAND-WRITTEN... or at least
> HAND-SIGNED
> card via physical mail. However, if it's really important that it GET
> there while they are still considering you for the job, would it be
> overkill to send it registered or to send it via courier?
>
> You want to know that they got it, and you want to know that they got
> it
> in timely fashion, but you don't want to appear "over the top" or
> creepily eager (so don't track down the interviewer's home address and
> send it there...).
>
> How would hiring managers on this list react to receiving a simple,
> classy-in-itself thank-you note, but you had to sign for it (or your
> company receptionist did)?
>
> Any pros or cons that I'm not considering?

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References:
Post-interview: "We'll call you": From: Chris Morton
RE: Post-interview: "We'll call you": From: Combs, Richard
RE: Post-interview: "We'll call you": From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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