Have I beaten the "you need to write a thank you note after you have an interview" drum enough? So far, here's what I've written on it:
- And Yet Another Recommendation for the Lowly Thank-You Note
- The Most Overlooked Step in the Job-Hunting Process
- An HR Professional Recommends Thank You Notes
- Great Thoughts on Thank You Notes
Now, here's a piece from US News that lists . Here's what they list as #4:
Skipping the thank-you note. Your interview is over and you plan to follow up a week later. Did you forget anything? A thank-you note, while it won’t guarantee you get the job, usually does leave a favorable impression with the hiring manager. And it just might be the one thing that makes you stand out from the other applicants. You should send this out within a day or two of the job interview.
While we’re talking about follow-up: It’s appropriate to follow up with the employer a week after your interview. Hiring managers have to interview several candidates in addition to being busy with their regular work, so it may take time to make the decision. At the one-week mark, if they haven’t chosen a candidate, ask when they expect to, and respectfully ask if you can follow up again at that time.
This is in line with my thinking. A thank you note won't get you a job when someone else is a better candidate, but it could be enough of a difference to get you hired if things are very close -- if for no other reason than it may make you more likeable. And as we've seen, being likeable is a KEY part to career success (which includes getting hired.)
Anyone still hate on the thank you note? ;-)