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I was just interviewed for a new job. We left that I would hear back, as often is the case. Normally, it would be acceptable to follow up with an e-mail thanking the interviewer for his/her time. However, in this case, I do not have his e-mail, but I could connect on linkedin.

I have never connected in this way after an interview with the interviewer, and I would like to know from interviewers on the site if they have ever been contacted on linkedin to be thanked for the interview, in absence of an e-mail contact, or not.

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Unprofessional? No. Unwise? Quite possibly.

Connecting via LinkedIn risks “coming on strong”. Your interviewer may feel like you are applying pressure, and people hate that. They resent it and push back.

I would argue the risk of overfamiliarity outweighs the courtesy of a thank-you note.

  • Thank you, I felt the same way, but wanted to confirm whether or not it was just because I am "old school" – user Aug 18 '18 at 20:24
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I have never connected in this way after an interview with the interviewer, and I would like to know from interviewers on the site if they have ever been contacted on linkedin to be thanked for the interview, in absence of an e-mail contact, or not.

You can connect with anyone willing to accept. That is certainly professional enough.

That said, as an interviewer I would never connect with a candidate on LinkedIn. I only met you once and just for an hour or so. I probably don't know if you will be hired yet, and don't know how you would react if you don't get hired.

If you want to thank an interviewer, either email a note, or drop a note in the snail mail. If you know the company's email pattern you can probably guess this interviewer's email just knowing the name. If not, you can certainly send a card or note via postal mail. That would be far better. I've gotten many thank you notes from candidates over the years.

  • At first I thought that connecting too early would "come off too strong" but I kept reading. This answer brought me to realize that anyone interviewing a candidate should be concerned with their post-rejection reaction. IMHO that is a reason to not connect until the time is right. :) – Ben Racicot Jul 3 at 12:58

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