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Monday, January 4, 2010

Medical School Interviews – Thank You Notes

Thank you notes often raise many questions for medical school applicants:

*Do I have to write thank you notes to every interviewer?
*Should I write hand-written notes?
*Can an e-mail serve as a sufficient thank you?

Every interviewer at any school you would attend if accepted should receive a hand-written thank you note. Thank you notes are a priceless way to remind the interviewer of who you are and why you should be accepted. Such an important communication should not be sent to someone’s already very full e-mail inbox. Here are some tips:

1. Bring thank you notes, envelopes, and stamps with you on the interview
2. Take notes after every interview noting interviewer name/title and the most interesting topics you discussed (be sure to get the exact spelling of the interviewer’s name)
3. While traveling home by plane, train, etc., write the thank you notes and then drop them in the mail immediately. If you travel by car, write them in the car before you leave. Leaving thank you notes until “later” means they will never get done. And it’s always best to write them while the interview is still fresh in your mind.

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