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Interview Thank You Note

SirStPierreSirStPierre 57 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
edited February 2013 in College Admissions
Hi, guys. Will it be weird to bring a thank you note to an interview so that I can give it to the interviewer afterwards? I thought about sending it by mail, but I won't know the interviewer's address and it felt weird to ask him/her about it. At the same time, it also feels *sort of* weird to just hand a card to him/her after the interview lol.

So, what do you think? Is it a good idea? Or should I just stick to e-mail?

(I'm also planning to bring a list of questions, so might I look too enthusiastic when I'm carrying all this stuff and shoving it -metaphorically, of course - in the interviewer's face?)

Sorry if this is a stupid question. So nervous :o
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  • yauponyaupon 570 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 582 Member
    Normally I'd prefer a handwritten note, but in this situation I agree it would seem weird to hand over one that you'd already written (you'll want your note to reflect something specific you discussed in the interview). Your interviewer may give you a business card with a physical address, or you might be able to get it from the school's admissions office. If you send an email, make sure it is well-written without the careless typos and grammatical errors we often let slide in email but would correct in a letter.

    Don't worry about your list of questions making you look too enthusiastic; it makes you look prepared and interested, which are two qualities you want to show the interviewer! Think of it as a conversation between two people who have a common interest in the school. Good luck!
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  • SikorskySikorsky 5745 replies106 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,851 Senior Member
    Will it be weird to bring a thank you note to an interview so that I can give it to the interviewer afterwards?

    Honestly? A little bit. If you're motivated to thank the interviewer for his or her time after the interview, that's nice. It's not necessary, but it is nice. Especially since the interviewer's expenditure of time is at best half-done after the end of the interview; he or she still has to write up a report for the admissions committee.

    But how sincere can your thanks be if you're expressing them before we've even met?
    Your interviewer may give you a business card with a physical address...

    This may happen.
    ...or you might be able to get it from the school's admissions office.

    This is a lot less likely, and it wouldn't be appropriate even if it were possible. The admissions office at my alma mater might or might not have my address in their files, but they don't contact me about interviewing applicants. My local alumni association chapter does that. They do have my address, but I'd be pretty darn mad if they gave it out to somebody they don't know and I barely know.

    If you don't get a physical address for the interviewer, you can email. But I completely agree with yaupon that if you do email, you should treat the communication as if it were a letter: capitalize, punctuate, spell correctly, etc.
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  • SirStPierreSirStPierre 57 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    @yaupon and Sikorsky:

    Thank you! Now I know it's a weird and bad idea. :o I'll stick with the email in case he/she didn't give me a name card. Again, thanks so much for the advice! :D I'll just hope for the best now.
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  • SikorskySikorsky 5745 replies106 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,851 Senior Member
    "Bad idea" might be a little bit harsh. Your intentions are obviously good. But I would think it a little bit odd.

    Good luck to you.
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