(Closed) What should I do?? Applying for jobs etiquette is so confusing!

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Should I send a note in this instance?
    Mail a TY note to the office addressed to both interviewers : (12 votes)
    31 %
    Send a TY e-mail to the HR director to pass along to the interviewers : (4 votes)
    10 %
    Don't worry about it, they're clearly interested regardless since they called references : (18 votes)
    46 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’ve never sent a thank you note. Sometimes I think it can come off a little brown nosing. (although I realized its recommended by many job hunting sources)

    Instead, I would call and say you interview two weeks ago and were checking where they were in the process. 

    Post # 4
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    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    You never know what kind of weird office politics go on. Just make a phone call. If they specified that they prefer to be contacted by email then send an email. No reason to worry at all!

    Post # 6
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    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    oh I forgot to add. If they’re checking references, they are probably very close to making a decision. It’d be frustrating if your thank you note didn’t get there until after they hired someone.

    Post # 7
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    38 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I was born and raised in a small town on the east coast in Canada, and I have never heard of sending a thank you note to an interview…. is this a common thing?

    Post # 8
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    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I wouldn’t worry about it but in this day in age, (with jobs being so hard to get), I would send a TY note.  I have done thank you emails in the past but that’s because I have their email address. Personally, I feel forwarded emails have a different feel than if it was directly sent to me.  In your case, I would send a TY letter to the office. Anything to get your interviews to think of you one last time.  If they passed on you already, it wouldn’t hurt.  If they are still deciding, it might help you. If I got a thank you note from someone I interviewed with, I would be surprised but would like it.  Maybe if your interviewee thought you were being too desperated that it might look bad.  But like I said I think the job market right now is really tough, so I know that most of the people out there are desperate.

    Post # 10
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    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @LaurenK0105: I wouldn’t apologize for lateness… that’s the last personal quality you want to put out to an employer.

    I would call the main number for organization. If you know the names of the two interviewers then ask to speak to either of them. If you don’t know their names, explain that you are wondering about your job and ask the receptionist to transfer you to someone who can let you know the status. the HR person typically just plays a support role. They may give you the job offer, but they are not likely making the final decision. So i’d tried to get a hold of either of the two interviewers.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Why not send them a follow up note, reiterating your thank you (you mean of course, the in person thank yous, but perhaps they will think the actual thank sent the day after the interview got lost in the mail?  not your fault if they leap to that assumption).  Then add a piece of info that they may find helpful in making the decision – think of something you talked about that you can connect to your skills/experience.  Close with an offer to provide anything else they might need.  It’s the two week mark, so it’s a legit time to follow-up.

    Post # 12
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    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Don’t apologize! Let it go.

    Call and ask them when you should expect to hear back about a decision. HR person is the most generic “right answer” but it’s also a good thing to get past HR to the person who will actually be making the final decision.

    Post # 13
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    3482 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I’ve never heard of sending a thank you note for an interview. A follow-up phone call is the best way to stay on their radar and show you’re interested.

    Post # 14
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    921 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    if i put in for a job i want i call them every week till they either give me the job or tell me to bug off lol

    Post # 15
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    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    In the U.S., you should send a separate thank you to each person involved in the interview.  That would be 3 for you.  These can be handwritten or email but should definitely be sent within 24 hours of the interview.

    I wouldn’t bother 2 weeks later.  However, I would call the HR person today, thank them and ask him/her if they’ve made a decision.  I would not mention that you know they’ve been checking references.

    Post # 16
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    3041 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @LaurenK0105: I would do what @MissShork suggests :). Also, if you’re not sure of their names & they have a website, you could try looking them up online to see if they have a staff directory with their names associated with their photo.

    I wouldn’t send a card at this point, but I would call today… good luck!

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