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I interviewed with a school on thursday, and I haven't sent a thank you note yet. Is it too late to send one now? I'm leaning towards email vs snail mail because the delivery time would exaggerate the lateness issue.

Also....what on earth do people write in these things?
 

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I interviewed with a school on thursday, and I haven't sent a thank you note yet. Is it too late to send one now? I'm leaning towards email vs snail mail because the delivery time would exaggerate the lateness issue.

Also....what on earth do people write in these things?

You'll get a great variety of responses by checking out the "search" function and searching for "thank you notes."
 

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Wait a minute, you mean you're not sending it just to thank your interviewer? Cuz ya know... it wouldn't matter how late you send it then.
 

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I am sending it to thank my interviewer...it's a well known fact that thye write their reports shortly after the interview and thank you's have no bearing anyway. I'm worried taht I'm too late because I don;t want to give the impression that it was an afterthought......aka I'm following the "do no harm" mantra.
 

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forget the letter/email and just send them edible panties. it worked for me!
 

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forget the letter/email and just send them edible panties. it worked for me!

No that would be offensive. Give them left over Valentine's candy they are selling on sale at cheap grocery stores!
 

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Send an actual thank you card/note (not an email), OR not send one at all.

I repeat, No email.
 

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E-mail seems to be most effective when it is sent within 24 hours of the interview. So, I think it would be better to send snail-mail at this point.

The basic outline is this:

Dear _____:
Express gratitude for the opportunity to meet/interview at ___ Med School.
Make a comment about a particular topic of conversation with the interviewer. Sum up the interview day and your continuing interest in the school. Express the hope that you will meet the interviewer again at a second look weekend or at the start of the school year.
Sincerely,
 

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E-mail seems to be most effective when it is sent within 24 hours of the interview. So, I think it would be better to send snail-mail at this point.
Agreed. And I sent my "thank you's" after I know my app has already gone before committee to cut down on the feeling that I was hedging for them to write/say nice things. I wouldn't worry about being too late.
 

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Email is lame. Buy a nice professional thank you card and write a short message inside.
 

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Email is lame. Buy a nice professional thank you card and write a short message inside.

I second that. A handwritten note (which takes all of two minutes to write) looks much more personal and professional than an e-mail. E-mailing is lazy and the easy way out...write it down!!:idea:
 

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Email is not lame or any less professional. Having been an interviewer in both a corporate and academic (undergrad admissions) environment, it is completely acceptable to write email thank you notes. I have found it preferrable to recieve email thank you notes since 99% of my correspondences are via email. This is not to mention the temporal advantage to sending an email. And finally, who cares if it affects your application, it's just a nice thing to do. It boggles the mind this is even a topic of discussion.
 

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Email is not lame or any less professional.
I don't think an emailed Thank You is lame, but it is less professional than a handwritten Thank You. More and more job applicants fire off emailed Thank You's, but they often read very form-y and were obviously done in that medium for the convenience of the sender. When you receive a written Thank You, you know the sender was polite enough to take the time. This is the same reason that you always handwrite thank you's for wedding gifts and whatnot.

Email is incredibly convenient, but the idea of a Thank You letter is not to use the most convenient method but to take the time. Nothing wrong with an emailed Thank You, but I wouldn't pretend that it has the same impact/class.
 

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E-mail or snail ... either is fine by me (I'm an interviewer) but I think that e-mail needs to be within 24 hours of the encounter... there really isn't much excuse to send it later than that and it loses some of its punch. Snail mail has an unavoidable delay attached so if it is a week or more before it appears in the mailbox no one is surprised.
 

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Again email is not less professional. It is often much more convenient for interviewers as well, a point which I rarely see made. It is a widely acceptable form of communication in business and I would imagine academics as well. The doesn't absolve the writer from being thougtful, genuine, and nonformulaic. An honest email conveys as much thought as a handwritten note. If an applicant were to handwrite the same message a 100 times, would it be more thoughtful because it was handwritten? Thus content over form, and since email is perfectly acceptable as a medium it is not less professional/impactful/meaningful/thoughtful/helpful/significant/powerful/considerate if the note conveys sincerity.
 

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Email is lame. Buy a nice professional thank you card and write a short message inside.

OK, I'll improve my post. Email thank you for males, written thank you for females. Guys don't care, but females like surprises.
 
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