Post # 1
One thing I love about the Bee is learning something new. I was browsing through this careers section and came across a discussion about thank you notes/follow up notes. I have never in my life heard about such a thing, so I did some research. I was very surprised that it is the norm. I read an article in the Huffington post about how there are companies that reject candidates that don’t send a note since it indicates that the person is not interested in the job and it’s just manners. I think the consensus though was that it doesn’t make a bad interview good, but it might give you an edge if there are several good candidates. Then there was a debate whether is should be hand written or an email.
It seemed to be predominantly American thing (?) and I will keep this in mind if I ever apply for a job in the States. How is such a thing still norm in the states where is has not seemingly traveled to rest of western world (Usually these trends to spread)? I was so surprised to find out that this was something that people really do, and interviewers expect to an extent. It was just so foreign to me and where I’m from it would probably be considered very unusual and somewhat brown nosing. The job application process has become so taxing over the years I’ve worked (I graduated 6 years ago, so not that long ago) and every recruiter has the opposite must list. Then I came across this and I was just fascinated by the concept of handwritten or email follow up/thank you notes. I do realize the location and industry has an effect but just wanted to get a discussion going. What are your experiences with notes? Do you send them?
Post # 2
I’m from Canada, I don’t know if it’s the norm here or not but I sent a thank you email after the interviews I’ve had. It just feels like the polite thing to do.
There was one interview where I didn’t and it was because I thought some of the questions asked in the interview were rude and I had no interest working for them.
Post # 3
I have always sent an email follow up after an interview to any interviewers/HR people I dealt with. Even if I was not particularly interested in the job, I’d thank them for their time and kindly remove myself from the running.
In this day and age, I don’t think handwritten is necessary, certainly not in my industry.
Post # 4
It’s very much so ingrained in the job application “culture” here in the states. I too am surprised it’s not elsewhere. I always send a thank-you email as soon as I can (right away if by phone interview and once I get home if in person). For a job I really really want, I do handwritten thank yous as I feel it gives that extra punch. I only did it once with my last round of job searches (over the course of a few months), and that’s the job I ended up securing.
Post # 5
UK Bee- I send a thank you note.
Post # 6
I’m in the States. I have always sent handwritten thank yous for in-person interviews. I would probably just email if it were a phone interview.
Post # 7
US Bee here. I’ve been in the corp world for 20+yrs. I’ve heard of a thank you email but not an actual thank you card.
Post # 8
I’m in the states. I have only applied for one “adult” job after college, and I sent an email thank you to the people who interviewed me.
My father who used to do a lot of hiring where he worked said that you should for sure send an thank you of some sort. He prefered email because often times if you do a hand writen one in the mail, they have already made their hiring decision before they get your thank you.
Post # 9
I’ve always sent thank you emails (I choose email so they get it in a timely manner) and I’ve received both thank-you emails and handwritten cards after interviews I’ve conducted. It’s a nice touch and courteous, but it probably wouldn’t make or break my decision if I were hiring,
Post # 10
I live in Canada, and in my experience it doesn’t make or break it for you. I’ve been offered jobs before I even had a chance to send a thank-you, offered jobs where I never bothered, and lost out on jobs where I sent one.
Sure it’s the polite thing to do, but in my experience I don’t think it changes anything.
Post # 11
I send thank you emails. When I’ve done interviewing, I usually send in my review form within 5 minutes of the person walking out my door so the thank you notes never get to me in time to make a difference.
Post # 12
I’m in the US, and I’ve always sent thank you emails, never handwritten. I was too worried that they’d be making their decisions before a mailed letter would get to them. Our college advisor always emphasized the importance of it, and with an HR director for a mother, it was insisted upon.
Post # 13
I’ve been through one round of the job search process and I sent email thank-you notes to everyone present in my interview – even the interns. I think it shows initiative and professionalism
Post # 14
Everything I’ve read encourages a thank-you/follow-up email, but not a handwritten note- especially since by the time a mailed note reaches its recipient the decision on hiring could have already been made. You don’t want to stand out by being the one candidate who looks like they haven’t thanked their interviewer, even though you have but the note is in the mail.
Post # 15
I never heard that before in my life. I’ve always sent a follow up email just stating thank you for taking their time to interview me, but never an actual thank you note.