Thank you Notes - Email or Snail Mail?

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What did y'all do? Is one method better than the other? Comments? Suggestions?


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Definitely do NOT email. But know of others who strongly disagree.
i did snail mail...a quick little note on one of those thank you cards.
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snail mail is better i think. there's been a lot of ixnay on the email thank you threads on here so i just took my cue from that.

p.s. acab check your PMs! :)
Younger interviewers may be fine with email, but older ones usually prefer snail mail.

Plus people receive tons of emails per day, many are junks or unimportant stuff, so it's easy to miss your thank you email.

Snail thank-you cards, however, definitely does not look like junk mails and the interviewers will definitely open them.
Sorry Lux, what are PMs? I'm relatively new to this.
Originally posted by acab
Sorry Lux, what are PMs? I'm relatively new to this.

Your Private Messages. Goto "User Cp" at the very top right of the page and you can access them.
acab, see that User CP link at the top right of your screen? click on that and you should have a link from Private Message (PM). (I had a question about something you posted the other day).
Taking the time to share your thoughts about your interview and your appreciation for their time is REALLY important. It's more traditional and it's something tangible that they can keep. For instance at one medical school, I interviewed with the Vice Dean of Admissions. I wrote him a formal thank you letter and shared my thoughts about the interview. I elaborated on why I chose his school for my education and asked him a couple of questions.

1.) He replied back answering my questions.
2.) Thanked me for my continued interest.
3.) And if he so chooses he has my stated interest on paper to show the committee that indeed I really like their school.

I feel I made a strong connection with him and he will be my advocate when it comes time to decide if I am "good enough".

Got it. Thanks all!
thank you all very much for your responses. Snail mail it is. THANK YOU!
let's say you did send an email. if you worded it well and cordially thanked the interviewer for their time would they read it and say, "wow, what a nice note, but the SOB emailed it to me. REJECT!" i don't really believe thank you's are necessary, but if you feel like sending them, i think you can do it however you want.
I'd say emails are the most convenient way of expressing your thanks, both for you and your interviewer. Do you realize how many snail mail thank you notes an interviewer gets? Tens, if not hundreds, during the course of the interview season. A quick email lets the interviewer know how you feel and why you enjoyed the school without being lost in the mass pile of trite letters he or she probably receives.

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DEFINITELY a case by case basis. If the guy says "email me" then email him! Otherwise, send a note. I emailed the OSU guy that interviewed me b/c he said email was best, and I got in.

I didn't send notes to anyone, and it doesnt seem to have affected the decisions so far (3 accept). That said, it probably wont hurt, and if you really really like the school, I definitely would.
I think it depends on your level of desperation and interest in the school. If you already have a better acceptance, then you may decide to just email or not send anything at all. However, if this is your dream school, then do all you can to impress them.
I send snail mails to my faculty interviewers and emails to my student interviewers.
i was actually told by the admissions staff that they prefer email so they can just print it and post it in your file/forward it to the appropriate people. snail mail = more work for receptionists. i think its fairly understood that email is the easy, appropriate way to go. ive had good luck with it so far :).
i plan on bringing cards with me, filling them out after the interview, and leaving it at the office - more personal.