No Thank You Note Can Cost you a Job

Posted on May 18, 2017 by

thank youWe recently had a great candidate lose a job offer from a client because they didn’t send a thank you note immediately after their interview.  Our client is a 150 person pre-ipo start up and they felt that since the candidate didn’t send a thank you note within 4 hours of their final interview, they may not be the right cultural fit to work in their fast paced environment.  While this may be the extreme, it begs the question of the importance of following up interviews with a timely, succinct, well written thank you note.

It is now common practice to send a thank you through email.  What once was thought of as impersonal, is now actually preferred by employers.  Ideally, you will send a follow up thank you the same day of your interview.  This shows that you are interested in the position and have strong follow up skills.  If you interviewed with a panel or separately with several people, make sure to send a separate email to each one.  Do not make the mistake of sending the same thank you to everyone as some employers may compare these notes as part of their hiring process.  In your note, keep it succinct.  Thank them for the opportunity to meet and express your interest in the position.   Lastly, make sure to proof read your thank you note before you send it.  Misspellings can be the kiss of death for your candidacy.

If you end up not getting the job, send a thank you note to the hiring manager for the opportunity and wish them well with their new hire.  You never know if this can lead to a referral into another department or to an opportunity with another company within their network or perhaps the new hire won’t work out.

If you are interested in some examples of thank you notes or if you would like additional IT career tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at tmacauley@kcmsolutions.com

Thank you!

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Author's biography:

Ted co-founded KCM Solutions and now oversees all business development and client projects. Previously, he founded a financial staffing firm after working with a large investment bank. With passions in mountain biking and triathlons, he can often be found with bags of ice all over his body. When he isn’t training or onsite with our clients, he is still trying to figure out how to corral two, very active boys.