I have been conducting more interviews recently and through this process I realized that I must be old school and things have changed. I never appreciated how important receiving thank you notes was after an interview until I no longer received them. I have interviewed many candidates lately for various positions and I received only one hand written "thank you note." Should I take it personally?
This simple step makes a significant impact and I must admit that when I do not receive a Thank you note I scratch my head and wonder about that candidate. I do not throw a candidate out of the running if I do not receive a thank you note but when I do it puts that candidate ahead in my book. I guess I am trying to figure out whether thank you notes went out of style and I didn’t get the memo or, have people just chosen not to take the time to sit down for 10 minutes to express gratitude whether they want the job or not?
I am sure through the years I have forgotten to write a thank you note when receiving a gift or getting asked to an event, but I do make a concerted effort to express my gratitude. I have been writing thank you notes since I learned how to write by my mother and grandmother. Maybe it is just not as important these days with everyone being so busy and the technology that we have but I can honestly say it means a lot to me.
I did some research on the subject just to see how old fashioned I had really become and I was pleasantly surprised to see that my expectations are not that far off the mark. Whether you are seeking an administrative job or a six figure job through an Indianapolis staffing company or on your own, the expectation is that you follow the basic rules of etiquette. One article I found on About.com, states the following:
This site and others also provide guidance on how to write a Thank you note and even provides some sample notes. So, if your mother or grandmother did not teach you the basics of the Thank you note like mine, do a little research and you will find all kinds of resources at your fingertips. If that does not work, drop me a line and I will be happy to help as long as you promise to thank me.
Now, That’s Good HR!