Thank you letter or Thank you email?

Hi WSO, i'm a sophomore and I went to a Finance/Accounting job fair today and was offered an interview at a small company. I really, really don't want to screw my chances up with this company so I would appreciate wso's feedback on how to go about thanking the person I spoke with today.

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Sep 17, 2014

email follow up will be fine, try to add a connection that they will remember you by. remember they met tons of people

Sep 17, 2014

thank you

Sep 17, 2014

You could do both but in today's world email is more important. I'm a hiring manager and honestly I hardly look at my mail but I at least see my email. But I agree completely with pubfin with regard to saying something that will make them remember who you are even if it's as trivial as you talked about the local football team but try for something more substantive.

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Sep 17, 2014

and by that i dont mean hey i was the guy in the green shirt, hopefully it will be about something he mentioned about the company like i enjoyed hearing about the blah blah blah

Sep 17, 2014

hahahaa, I was thinking about using my unique past job experience that we spoke about. Should I mention that I'm looking forward to the interview with the company principal or should I just thank him for his time?

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Sep 17, 2014

I would, its a three line email, nice meeting you, go giants, look forward to the interview and to hear more aobut the position and company crap

Sep 17, 2014

ohh ok thanks for your advice you've been really helpful, by the way... go jets

Sep 17, 2014

Fuck the jets! :) best of luck.

Sep 18, 2014

assuming by your username you're in the northeast but in the off chance you're in the South and the interviewer is over 40, handwritten note is better. unless of course, the interviewer was a transplant. in which case same as @"Dingdong08" said.

Oct 2, 2014

send a quick email

Oct 2, 2014

Other options include: thank you hallmark card, thank you helium balloon, and a thank you fruit basket.

Oct 2, 2014

The hand written card is a lost art, as you can see from the responses. Email is great, but sending the thank you card shows you took a little bit of extra time and care. Probably not going to be a total game changer, but will still set you apart and be more memorable.

Sep 17, 2014
Randy Quaid:

The hand written card is a lost art, as you can see from the responses. Email is great, but sending the thank you card shows you took a little bit of extra time and care. Probably not going to be a total game changer, but will still set you apart and be more memorable.

OP congrats and good luck.

Kind of rethinking my post for others who may be thinking about this. The email is obligatory but if you make a genuine connection with someone a handwritten note is a good way to stand out. Not printing out the text of your email in the body of a formal letter but a personal card that you can get on vistaprint for cheap (get one with your initials or something like that, giving your full name and contact info in a classic way) isn't a bad idea and can get notice. I have formal stationary and send them out regularly to older folks (fu @thebrofessor for the over 40 comment-make me feel like a dinosaur :) with whom I've met and it's very much appreciated. But I only do it when I feel like I've had a meeting where I feel like it would be appreciated and would get me somewhere. In my world that means a 70 year old guy who want to sell his business off market, but not his investment banker who's repping him. If you're 20 send the email that you MUST do and then send your card that says I really enjoyed meeting you etc. I never get mail with stamps and when I do I open it.

Oct 6, 2014
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