How important is it to write a thank you email after a phone interview? I can see the revelance of doing so after a campus interview, but I'm unclear about the protocol of a phone interview. Any tips?
Date: 22 Oct 2010 14:59
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I'm sure everyone is different, but my tendency is to not send thank you emails for a phone interview. It feels a bit forced to me, and I don't want to come across as trying too hard. However, if it feels natural for you to do so, it certainly wouldn't hurt. My guess would be that either way it will have little influence on whether or not you are invited for an in-person interview. Usually decisions are made pretty quickly and I doubt anyone is sitting around wondering why you haven't sent a thank you. As you point out, though, I do think the in-person interview is a different story. In that case, my sense is that thank you emails are expected and taken as an indicator of how serious you are about the job.
I wrote them for phone interviews. Received a response from one with something like "Personally I feel like you are a great fit and will be in touch soon." The other place didn't respond.
I think it is good etiquette and potentially opens communication with them. Maybe they'll be more inclined to shoot you a quick email with an update.
After a campus interview, should you send a thank-you e-mail to the Deans? I know sending thank-you e-mails to the faculty is standard, but I've never heard anyone address whether e-mails should be sent to Deans with whom you met/interviewed.