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I had an interview a few days ago and sent a thank you email. They sent back a positive response, but if they decide to move forward with me I'm anticipating at least 1 more interview, maybe 2.

Are you supposed to send a thank you note for every interview? If so how do you avoid being repetitive?

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    @JoeStrazzere That should probably be an answer but as I see it if you're going to send notes you typically would send one again if the same person ends up interviewing you later in the process. I don't see why you wouldn't express an appreciation for someone's time just because you did it once already. – Lilienthal May 14 '17 at 0:06
  • Am I the only one who has never heard of a thank you note for an interview? I have never send such a thing and I didn't even know it would be expected (and I have the feeling it might not be in my country (Germany)). – dirkk May 14 '17 at 19:06
  • @dirkk It's very much considered standard in US culture but is indeed rare in Europe. Here people typically only send a note if you have something more to say than "thank you for your time". But that is precisely what makes it a good thing to do here as it can show off your professional/courteous side where in the US it's almost expected these days. – Lilienthal May 15 '17 at 9:07
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I would send a thank you after each stage. If possible, send them to the interviewer (s), but they may all be to the same person (recruiter or hiring manager). However, I would make them feel different (as opposed to the same two liner after each).

RECRUITER,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me this afternoon and assess my fit for POSITION at COMPANY. Based on your explanation of the role, I believe EXPERIENCE could greatly assist COMPANY.


RECRUITER,

Please pass along my gratitude to HIRING MANAGER for providing valuable insight into POSITION. I look forward to meeting the team and discussing how EXPERIENCE can help PROBLEM.


RECRUITER,

I greatly enjoyed meeting TEAM MEMBERS this morning. I know they are busy and appreciate their time. I believe I would be a valuable addition to the TEAM. I look forward to continued discussion about joining COMPANY.

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No. This will make you seem like a brown noser and possibly someone who will be constantly seeking positive reinforcement. If your prospective boss likes those two things, then great, but it is a gamble. I suggest sending a thank you note after the first stage but, after that, let them pursue you---which brings to mind a third reason my answer is "No": you don't want to seem desperate. Reject Chris G's advice with confidence.

  • I'm curious, why does thanking people for their time make you a "brown noser" "constantly seeking positive reinforcement"? In an interview, you're selling something, following up on a sales call with a quick thank you and reinforcing a benefit is sales 101. You could absolutely try and be mysterious, aloof, and stand-offish, it's a valid sales tactic, but I would consider it far more risky. – Chris G May 15 '17 at 16:02

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