5 Reasons to Send a Thank You Note
With so many changes happening in the work place these days, from virtual offices to email and social media, some of the old job search rules are being revisited. Expectations can vary greatly from both the hiring manager and candidate perspective. I recently read a story about a hiring manager who said he immediately disqualified candidates if they did not use “Sincerely” to sign off their cover letter (how many people even send cover letters anymore?). While that is an extreme example in my opinion, there are some rules that are reasonable to revisit. One such “rule” that I get asked about a lot is whether it is still necessary to send a thank you note after an interview. My opinion is yes it is not only appropriate but valuable to send the thank you note and here are five reasons why;
It shows you are professional and organized. As a manger I can tell you it makes a great impression on me when I receive a thank you note. It immediately tells me this person is professional and organized and someone to take seriously.
It keeps you top of mind with the hiring manager. If five candidates interviewed for the position and you are the only one to send the thank you note, be assured that manager will remember you.
It tells the manager you really want the job. Pretty self-explanatory.
It is another opportunity to plug your candidacy. You don’t want to rehash the entire interview so keep your remarks brief but this is a great opportunity to reiterate why you are the perfect candidate for this job.
It provides you peace of mind. You will feel good knowing you have done everything in your power to land this job. And your mother will be proud that you used good manners.
It is important to match the tone of the interview, was it formal, or was it more conversational. And the type of note you send may depend on the industry. But to make a good impression and to put you in the best possible position to get the job I suggest always sending a Thank You note. Next time we will address whether to send a handwritten or email Thank You note. Stay tuned.