After the Interview – Personalized Thank You Note
On the way to my office this morning I walked by my mailbox. Therein sat a small card about 3×5 inches. What was it? A thank you note! At UW-Madison, we are in the midst of interviewing applicants for our upcoming class of students. As expected, I opened up the card to discover that it was sent by one of the candidates I recently had the privilege of interviewing. Upon finishing the final few words, having sat in my office chair during the brief read, I reclined back and reflected a bit about the candidate who’s signature lay neatly at the bottom. In my mind’s eye I could see his face. I could also remember the sound of his voice. I even began to recollect, albeit vaguely, some of the dialog that was exchanged as we sat across the table from each other ten days prior. I smiled. The thank you note had fulfilled its purpose!
Having recently launched the BETA version of PhysicianAssistantED.com, I began to think about Prospective PA Students who have been invited for an interview at a PA Program. Surely the question arises within their minds, “Should I send a Thank You note following the interview?” It was definitely something I thought about when I went through the process several years ago. This question naturally leads to other related questions: If I should send a thank you note, when? And what exactly should I say? Should I send it by email or should it be handwritten? Will it even make a difference anyway? They probably receive thank you notes all the time, perhaps I shouldn’t send one at all.