After an interview, do you email a thank you note directly to your interviewer?

Jan 21 14 Comments

Looking for etiquette guidelines after a phone or on site interview. Do you try to email a thank you note to your interviewers directly? If so, how do you figure out what their email is (LinkedIn / guess it and hope it goes through / ask recruiter)? Or ask your recruiter to pass along a message directly?

Do interviewers even care if they get a thank you note?

I'm in software engineering btw. TC 140K 1.5 yoe

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  • Indeed sJU1DGd6
    I think ty notes for job interviews are Boomer nonsense. I do send a ty note for informational interviews, but not a job interview.

    If you have their contact info or you want to send a note to them thru the recruiter that’s fine but not necessary. The times when a candidate has sleuthed my info thru LinkedIn or guessing to send me a note has always creeped me out more than anything.

    IMO just thank them for their time in person during the interview, don’t send a note.
    Jan 21 1
    • Goldman Sachs Lrtw32
      OP
      Yes I'm totally agree with your "Boomer nonsense" assessment. I see the advice to send thank you notes on blogs all the time (they say snail mail is even better!) but it never really felt natural, especially when no one is telling you what their email address is. I'll probably stick to asking recruiters to pass along messages. Thanks for chiming in!
      Jan 21
  • Amazon / Product
    udit

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    uditmore
    Thank the recruiter and coordinator who helped arrange all the interviews and schedule your travel, hotel etc. (If you had to travel). I think it's just nice to thank them for making sure you had a smooth experience.
    Jan 21 1
    • Goldman Sachs Lrtw32
      OP
      Will definitely be thanking the recruiter! My recruiter has been great :)
      Jan 21
  • Rackspace PYKJ84
    It won’t influence the hiring decision for the position you interviewed for, but is a nice touch that may get you referred over to another team.

    Most companies have you pass the note through the recruiter. If you aren’t sure, ask your recruiter. Don’t LinkedIn or email stalk people, it will do the opposite of the above.
    Jan 21 1
    • Goldman Sachs Lrtw32
      OP
      Makes sense, thanks! Yeah the thought of LinkedIn and email stalking people makes me feel weird too 😬
      Jan 21
  • Microsoft / Eng f83hdIdhde
    Yes. It feels good both ways. When I sent thank you notes:
    1. some interviewer gave me direct feedback of how I performed
    2. Some extended the interesting discussion that happened during the interview
    3. Some gave absolutely no response
    4. HM gave further guideline and timeline
    Jan 21 3
    • Goldman Sachs Lrtw32
      OP
      Thanks for sharing your experience. In the past, I've usually gotten either a generic "You're welcome" or no response. I definitely agree that there's no harm and some potential benefit to sending a thank you note. Based on the other comments, it seems like the best way to go about it if I don't have my interviewer's email is through my recruiter.
      Jan 21
    • Goldman Sachs Lrtw32
      OP
      Ah in the internal transfer context you have a natural, non-stalky way to get your interviewer's email address, which is nice
      Jan 21
  • Bank of America / Finance REax37
    I agree with other poster- don’t thank the interviewer, but thank the recruiter and tell them how the interview went (good/bad/indifferent) only if they ask for your perspective. Sometimes the recruiters who reach out via LinkedIn want your feedback after the interview
    Jan 21 1
    • Goldman Sachs Lrtw32
      OP
      Thanks for the advice. Seems like we have some consensus here that contradicts the popular job advice!
      Jan 21
  • LinkedIn toldya
    That's a tough one. Or really depends on the industry/company
    Jan 21 0
  • Microsoft lather
    Please - like a thank you for interviewing me , will change the mind :) oh here is a weak technical person , but hey he thanked me , so -hire
    Jan 21 0

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