Green Key Blog

News for the way you work

No Thank You Note, No Job

April 9th, 2019

thank you notes on twitter

We've posted before about the importance of sending a thank you note after the interview. Even after being rejected for the job.

The reasons for saying thank you for the interview are many: It's a chance to remind the interviewer of your strengths; it's gracious; and, because so few do it, it helps you stand out. Last week, Business Insider Editor Jessica Liebman added one more: She won't hire anyone who doesn't say thank you.

"As a hiring manager, you should always expect a thank-you email, and you should never make an offer to someone who neglected to send one."

She gave two reasons:

  1. "No thank-you email signals the person probably doesn't want the job."
  2. " While sending a thank-you note doesn't necessarily guarantee the person will be a good hire, it gives you the tiniest bit more data: The candidate is eager, organized, and well mannered enough to send the note."

If that seems harsh, so did dozens of Liebman's Twitter followers, many of whom identified themselves as a recruiter.

This one is fairly typical (if more restrained than many): "While I believe in sending thank-you notes (not really a millennial thing but boomers like them), this policy of yours instantly raises red flags on my end as a hypothetical employee. Do I want to work for someone who values adherence to their personal social norms over my skills?"

No matter which side you take, sending a thank you note is always a good idea for all the reasons we mentioned. And for the record, we never heard of anyone dinging you because you said thank you.

Leave a Reply

comments powered by Disqus