I recently saw an article that listed sending a thank you note as one of the top things not to forget during your job search. After popping the cassette out of my Sony Walkman, pushing the antenna down on my cordless phone and turning off the tunes cranking on MTV, I said to myself…whoa, wait a minute….time warp. That was more than 2 decades ago.
Really, a thank you note after you had an interview? Did the company ask you to mail them your resume? Let’s get into the new century people. But it’s not how you send a follow up note, but whether you need to send one at all.
If I send one, then some people are going to say I‘m just sucking up, but is that really going to get me the job? I hear people saying, well it “Couldn’t hurt”. Yes it could!
Sure, I’m old fashioned (yikes, when did I become that person), but I’m also smart enough to know that if I send a thank you note this company is going to say, wow, this guy is so out of touch, who needs someone that out of date?
“It’s not an age thing, it’s a courtesy thing”. Yes, I agree, so an email thank you note should suffice, but even this will do little to sway the company if you are not a good fit for the job.
In short, use your social graces during the interview. After the interview, your die has been cast. In more than 20 years of hiring, I have never hired anyone just because they sent me a thank you note, or a thank you email. On the other hand, I have not hired people because they conducted themselves poorly during the interview.
You have allotted face time with the decision makers during an interview, so make that your time to shine.
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