Could sending a thank you note after a job interview seal the deal?

thank-youSending a thank you note after a job interview is a good way of showing interest in the role you’re applying for and confirming that the interviewer made a positive impression on you. However, there are some people who believe a thank you note seems like a desperate act and to avoid the task all together; but how could this possibly affect you negatively? A well-written thank you note is almost always perceived as a kind gesture, but could it also be the deciding factor on whether or not the job is yours?

A recent article provided by Monster elaborates on the extra effort on part of the candidate shows that they have a keen interest in the position. Their efforts make them hopeful that sending a thank you note could actually get them the job, but this of course is not guaranteed. “Sending a well-crafted and timely thank-you note can add a positive impression to an already positive connection,” says Jennifer McClure, President of Unbridled Talent, a Cincinnati firm specializing in talent acquisition, recruiting and staff development. “While it won’t likely make the difference in getting hired, it can help them to remember you in the sea of people that they interact with on a daily basis.”
For those who believe thank you notes are a waste of time add they definitely don’t believe it would make a difference when hiring. “A thank-you note is seen as good taste and polite, but I’ve never seen it come close to making a difference in a hiring decision,” says Sharon Siegel, a recruiter and career coach with a 140,000-employee organization in the New York City area and owner of SharonCC, a career-consulting company. “If someone meets the credentials and has a great interview, we’re not going to change our minds on making an offer if a thank you isn’t received. On the other side, if someone has a terrible interview or would not be able to do the job, sending a beautiful thank you doesn’t make me change my mind.”

Some helpful tips never hurt when attempting to provide a well-written thank you note:
• At the start of an interview ask each interviewer for their business card and if it turns out they don’t have one then politely ask how to spell their name.
• Make sure your thank you note is short! Thank them for their time; state keen interest in the job, explain that you’re the perfect person for the position, and lastly, that you look forward to hearing from them.
• Don’t forget, along with your thank you note provide one of your business cards as well.
• If you decide to hand deliver your thank you note instead of sending through the mail make sure to write out your interviewer’s full name.
While a thank you note may not necessarily get you the job, it confirms your interest in the position you’re applying for and helps the interviewer remember you. Taking the extra effort to explain how you’re the perfect candidate for the position can make a difference when a hiring manager is trying to remember who they interviewed and why they stood out. Don’t let the hiring manager forget you! Help them remember you by sending a thank you note.

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