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Residency Interview Thank You Cards
by StepTaker 10-08-2012, 05:51 PM

Giving Thank You Cards to those whom you met in a residency program interview is a powerful way of showing courtesy, professionalism, and altruism; all of which are personality characters looked for in a good candidate.

It does not matter whether you like the program or not, saying thank you is a nice thing to do and I can even say it's an obligation since these people have actually spent time and efforts interviewing you.

Here's how you do it:

Where to find the Cards?
In any retail store such as Walmart, CVS, or Walgreens; all them have cards aisle in which there's usually a "thank you" section. You can even buy them online from Amazon.

What type and how many Cards?
Try to pick the professional looking simple cards and do not pick the fuzzy and the too colorful. Make a collection of 6 or 7 types, like five type A cards, five type B, five type C, five type D,...etc of course depending on how many interviews you have and how many person you'll meet in each interview. The idea is to give a different card to each person in that single program so that the program coordinator notices how dedicated you are.

Who get the Cards?
Everybody including the coordinator. Those who interviewed you, residents took you for dinner, residents took you for hospital tour, anybody participated in the interview process.

When to write in the Cards?
Do not write before the interview day. Wait until you finish interviewing everybody and until the whole schedule finishes. This is because you want to add names and specific points for each person. Therefore, the best way is right after the end of the day. You find a quiet corner and start writing your cards one by one.

Should I put them in an envelop?
Yes. insert the card in an envelop, but (importantly) do not seal the envelop. Also remember to write to whom is the card for on the back of the envelop. Envelops should be plain White.

What to write in the Cards?
A good way to start is by Googling for "write thank you cards interview" so that you get an idea.
Be specific as much as you can. Mention things that you talked about in the interview or in the hospital tour.
A mild sense of humor is OK but too much of it is not a good idea.
Do not write more than 4-5 lines, make it very short.

How to send the Cards?
Once the interview day is over and you wrote the cards, go to the coordinator and tell her I have these thank you cards that I want to give to the attendings and residents, can you help me please? She'll say OK leave them here and I will give the cards to the recipients.

Example:

Dear Dr. John Smith,

I wanted to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to you for taking the time to interview me today. I truly enjoyed the conversation with you and you made me feel comfortable throughout our meeting. I also undoubtedly benefited from the information you gave me, thank you very much.

I promise to email you soon the recent JAMA article we talked about in the interview.

I look forward to join this amazing residency program in the future and maybe someday I'll challenge you in a Chess game!

Please contact me if you have any queries about me or my application.


Sincerely,


Applicant Name


Signature


Date

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Thanks!

If we have sent them a thank you card, do we still need to write a thank you email, after the interview?
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If we have sent them a thank you card, do we still need to write a thank you email, after the interview?
No. You don't need to send an email.
That will seem an exaggeration from your part which might let them think that you are desperate.

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Giving Thank You Cards to those whom you met in a residency program interview is a powerful way of showing courtesy, professionalism, and altruism; all of which are personality characters looked for in a good candidate.

It does not matter whether you like the program or not, saying thank you is a nice thing to do and I can even say it's an obligation since these people have actually spent time and efforts interviewing you.

Here's how you do it:

Where to find the Cards?
In any retail store such as Walmart, CVS, or Walgreens; all them have cards aisle in which there's usually a "thank you" section. You can even buy them online from Amazon.



What type and how many Cards?
Try to pick the professional looking simple cards and do not pick the fuzzy and the too colorful. Make a collection of 6 or 7 types, like five type A cards, five type B, five type C, five type D,...etc of course depending on how many interviews you have and how many person you'll meet in each interview. The idea is to give a different card to each person in that single program so that the program coordinator notices how dedicated you are.

Who get the Cards?
Everybody including the coordinator. Those who interviewed you, residents took you for dinner, residents took you for hospital tour, anybody participated in the interview process.

When to write in the Cards?
Do not write before the interview day. Wait until you finish interviewing everybody and until the whole schedule finishes. This is because you want to add names and specific points for each person. Therefore, the best way is right after the end of the day. You find a quiet corner and start writing your cards one by one.

Should I put them in an envelop?
Yes. insert the card in an envelop, but (importantly) do not seal the envelop. Also remember to write to whom is the card for on the back of the envelop. Envelops should be plain White.

What to write in the Cards?
A good way to start is by Googling for "write thank you cards interview" so that you get an idea.
Be specific as much as you can. Mention things that you talked about in the interview or in the hospital tour.
A mild sense of humor is OK but too much of it is not a good idea.
Do not write more than 4-5 lines, make it very short.

How to send the Cards?
Once the interview day is over and you wrote the cards, go to the coordinator and tell her I have these thank you cards that I want to give to the attendings and residents, can you help me please? She'll say OK leave them here and I will give the cards to the recipients.

Example:

Dear Dr. John Smith,

I wanted to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to you for taking the time to interview me today. I truly enjoyed the conversation with you and you made me feel comfortable throughout our meeting. I also undoubtedly benefited from the information you gave me, thank you very much.

I promise to email you soon the recent JAMA article we talked about in the interview.

I look forward to join this amazing residency program in the future and maybe someday I'll challenge you in a Chess game!

Please contact me if you have any queries about me or my application.


Sincerely,

Applicant Name

Signature

Date
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Hi....first of all thank you for writing this...it's a great outline on how to go about this process...........i had 2 questions............

you mentioned that we should hand them to the PC....and wat to write them until after the day is finished.....but will we get the time to sit there....i mean won't we have to put some thought into it to individualize the cards....also that will be a lot of names to remember...esp in case of the residents that take us to the tour that day.....like if they mention their names verbally and we don't know the spelling then how will we write a card for them..........won't we have to go back to the hotel to access a computer to check their names


also you said not to seal the envelope...why is that??
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Hi....first of all thank you for writing this...it's a great outline on how to go about this process...........i had 2 questions............

you mentioned that we should hand them to the PC....and wat to write them until after the day is finished.....but will we get the time to sit there....i mean won't we have to put some thought into it to individualize the cards....also that will be a lot of names to remember...esp in case of the residents that take us to the tour that day.....like if they mention their names verbally and we don't know the spelling then how will we write a card for them..........won't we have to go back to the hotel to access a computer to check their names


also you said not to seal the envelope...why is that??
Yes. you will find the time for that at the end.
Ask the PC for the spelling of names if you don't know them.

It's a standard etiquette to leave a greeting card envelop open.
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Yes. you will find the time for that at the end.
Ask the PC for the spelling of names if you don't know them.

It's a standard etiquette to leave a greeting card envelop open.
Thank you for answering so soon! Your advice is appreciated!

I didn't know about leaving greeting cards open......i've always sealed them..sometimes even applied tape to them! I shall keep this in mind!
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A good amount of communication is healthy.

When dealing with residency programs, the more you can cement your name in their minds, the better. This does not mean to bombard them with emails and cards. But, a few well timed, well designed cards or emails can make an applicant much more memorable than others. The vast majority of interviewees will send some "standard", "formal" types of post-interview communication which is not personalized and ultimately forgettable. Find a way to be unforgettable and personalized. ResidencyCube offers lots of strategies to make yourself tastefully unforgettable during the interview season.
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thank you for the advice!
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great advice. thank you!
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This is amazing! Thank you so much!
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