Posted by Brian McCullough
Our articles last week about employers not getting back in touch after a job interview generated some discussion in the comments. A couple of our brilliant commenters, including Dee and Gary, brought up the idea of sending thank you notes after a job interview.
This is of course a great idea, so let me jump on the bandwagon.
Sending a thank you note is not only a good way to politely follow up after an interview (and maybe get a response sooner) it’s also a great way to keep yourself on the top of the pile.
A thank you note is not only classy, it makes sure you stay on the employer’s mind.
I send thank you cards to the secretary who schedules my interview, the HR person who emails me information and of course the interviewers. This may be overkill, but it takes just a few minutes to write the card and put a stamp on it.
Also a great thought. You never know who will make the final decision, who has influence, or who might help you out in a small, subtle, but important way. Kiss everyone’s ass a bit.
Also, I think a hand-written note carries the most weight. A follow up thank you email (while certainly a good idea) can just seem a bit anxious. But a follow up card seems thoughtful and classy.
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