A journalist by training and for a good part of my career, I always enjoy interviewing job candidates. But it’s a completely different story when it comes to job candidates following up with a thank you note, post-interview. Currently we’re interviewing for a position for a sister brand of PR News. About half of these candidates have followed up with an email or letter (a letter in the mail!!) thanking us for taking the time and expressing interest in joining our team. The other half? No word, except some have called in to see when we might be hiring them.
Follow-up: Is this an outdated notion? Has its time come and gone? Isn’t this Communications 101? Or Personal Branding 201? Maybe I should check my Twitter account to see if these thank-you notes are hiding there, within 140 characters.
It could be that these candidates just don’t want the job. But why burn bridges? Could be that they missed the etiquette class on writing thank you’s? Could be that they are taking good old-fashioned manners for granted?
For us, the job interview is not over until we see a thank-you note.
What are your experiences with interviewees and other colleagues following up after a meeting?
Thank you very much for listening and I look forward to hearing from you.
– Diane Schwartz