Why, thank you! “when gratitude opens doors”

Who likes to be thanked? Everyone. Who doesn’t like to be thanked? No one. So why do so few people do it? Good question!

thankyoujpeg It seems like a no-brainer, but surprisingly, very few job seekers actually take the time to properly thank hiring managers after interviews. A case in point, I was recently talking to a friend who had the unfortunate task of interviewing potential job candidates for her team when she noted that not one person actually followed up and thanked her for the interview.

Invariably without this extra step by the job-seeker she couldn’t gauge who was just looking for a “job” or who really wanted to join the company. So unfortunately for her and the interviewees she’s still on the hunt for the right candidate…

If you need more convincing, take a look at the following stats from an employer’s perspective when thank-you notes are not sent (according to CareerBuilder):

  • Employers are less likely to hire a candidate-22%
  • Employers say it shows a lack of follow-through-86%
  • Employers say the candidate isn’t really serious about the job-56%

Now that you know a “thank-you” is so important in today’s competitive marketplace, you are probably asking yourself the following:

  1. How do I send it?

Generally what I do is bring several thank you cards with me to the interview so I can write it as soon as the interview is over. (Preferably pick a quiet spot far from food… coffee stains definitely don’t impress!) This allows me to refer to points while still fresh and I can drop it off immediately so I won’t forget. If on the other hand spelling is an issue then simply have a friend look it over before you send it but remember don’t wait, it could be the deciding factor!

  1. Who do I send it to?

You should send a personalized card to each interviewer separately, don’t try to save a few bucks and give one card to everyone- remember it’s about the personal touch! This is why you should try to get everyone’s business card at the end of the interview.

I’ll be talking more about content in the next post so stay tuned…

Elaine Logie is a MCACES Blogger and student in the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. MCACESBlogs is a series of posts created for job seekers, friends and peers. Like what you see? Be sure to follow MCACESBlogs and pass our info along.                        Happy reading!

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