Question from a REEP Blog Reader:
Hi Marie. I recently had a job interview with a great networking connection. Unfortunately, I forgot to send my customary thank you note on time. The interview took place a week ago. I still haven’t heard from anyone and I was wondering if it’sÂ too late to send an email. If it is, is there another way I can go about to express my thanks? Should I mail a card instead? What do you recommend?
My strongest advice following a solid networking interview is to follow up immediately (within 24 hours) with an email thanking the person for the time and insights they so generously offered.
If it was a particularly special interview, I would then follow the email with a personal note thanking them once again.Â Handwritten notes these days are rare, and they really do set you off as unique, thoughtful.Â The same is true, incidentally, for follow ups to actual job interviews.
As to what to do after NOT responding for about a week, I would go immediately to the handwritten note.Â The individual can blame the USPS or realize that you needed more time to get that done, and all should be forgiven.