A Little “Thank You” Goes a Long Way

Posted on 14. Aug, 2014 by

In life you are taught to say please and thank you at a young age. The gesture likely started out small, perhaps thanking a friend’s parent for letting you sleep over or thanking your grandmother for a shirt she got you last year that would have fit you at 13. Even an expression of gratitude that does not get acknowledged can be important…I am still wondering why the gentleman that stepped on my foot on the train this morning didn’t say “you’re welcome” after I thanked him.

Nevertheless, that early childhood lesson is more important in your adult life than ever, especially if you are interviewing.

One of the ways recruiters add value to the job search process is to prepare candidates for interviews. This is our way of giving extra information that will help them be as successful as possible during their interview. One of the most important things we say to our candidates is to make sure you write a thank you note after an interview. Believe it or not, this simple gesture can be the deciding factor in the decision on who to hire.

We have had clients not offer candidates (that they loved) a job because of a thank you note, or lack thereof. We have had a client deciding between the top two candidates choose who they will hire based on their thank you note. These short expressions of gratitude go a long way when they have multiple finalist candidates; it is a tiebreaker in a lot of cases!

Now that you know how important a thank you note is after an interview, here are a few things to keep in mind when writing one:

1. Pay attention to your grammar and spelling

This is a preview of your professionalism. Who wants to hire an Executive Assistant that can’t craft a thank you email without spelling errors? This is a direct reflection of what you can bring to the table if you do get the job. Don’t make them wonder if you know the difference between “their” and “there” if they hire you!

2. Time is of the essence

Ideally send your thank you no later than the evening of the day you went for your interview. They are interviewing other people and you do want to stand out!

3. Send thank you notes to everyone that interviewed you

Don’t just thank the CEO for taking the time out of his or her busy day; thank everyone you meet. They will likely be very influential in the hiring decision since their opinion was valued enough to be involved in the interview process.

4. Emailing it is perfectly acceptable

A hand written note used to be the norm for writing a thank you. Notes are great (I still get excited when a thank you letter comes in the mail for me), but email is faster and ensures they will receive it as soon as possible. These positions are filled quickly!

5. If you don’t know what to say, ask us!

We always offer to read a thank you note before it is sent, and actually prefer to do so. An extra set of eyes is never a bad idea! We can point you in the right direction if you don’t know where to start with a thank you note as well.

Never overlook the power of saying thank you; politeness and courtesy go a long way and can help you land that next position!