Former Goldman Sachs Recruiter Says Snail Mail Thank-You Notes Are The Way To Go

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Last week I wrote a story about why you should never send a hand-written thank you note after a job interview.

I received loads of responses from readers and recruiters who disagreed with me.

Peoples’ opinions on the issue seem to depend entirely on what generation and industry they’re in.

One email I received came from former Recruitment Director of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, David Schwartz.

Here’s what David wrote in an email to me:

I’ve been a headhunter for many years, and was also head of recruiting for the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs from in the early 2000’s, so know a thing or two about corporate recruiting.

With respect, I disagree. First, I’ve been in corporate America, and the notion that a letter gets mislaid is simply nonsense. People can get fired for mislaying letters or not responding to them. All letters get opened. Second, a letter makes an impression. Your typical recruiter gets hundreds of emails a day. He or she doesn’t get many letters. I remember the ones I got. It may not have been a crucial factor in the hiring decision. But it certainly made me remember the candidate. That said, a letter should be typed and proofed, not hand-written. Use a non-descript stamp – avoid Bart or Lisa Simpson. You can of course always do both — email and send a letter.

And it might well be generational – I’m 56.  But I remember getting a call from some private equity guys in their early 40s, some years back, when I sent them a letter thanking them for taking the time to meet with me. They said they were charmed that someone took the time to write a letter – it obviously impressed them. As it impressed me when I got letters when I was a corporate recruiter.

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