Linking, Following, Friending: Just Send Me a Thank-You Note

You can’t blame the interviewee for wanting to get LinkedIn with you. And you can’t blame the interviewee for following you on Twitter. And you can’t blame him for trying to add you as a friend on Facebook. And wouldn’t it be nice if you came to his band’s gig on Saturday night? Nice of him to send you an invitation.  You can’t blame this interviewee, but you sure don’t have to hire him for the job. Which brings me to the new frontier of the interviewing process, where it is isn’t over once the formal meeting wraps up.  I’ve noticed, as a very part-time hiring manager in my job as group publisher,  that I’m getting more LinkedIn and Facebook requests (often within hours after an interview) than an actual thank you note from the person.  Considering the job market and the many new modes of connecting quickly, it’s smart to use social media to try to advance your career.  It’s also smart to wait it out, time your social media activities so that you are not brushing too closely against the interviewing protocol.  The basic tenets of smart communications hold firm in the job search too:  know your audience, do not oversell yourself and understand your purpose in the process (is it to get a job or become the hiring manager’s new buddy?).

Diane Schwartz

  • Clay Morgan

    Nice post. I think it illustrates how social media can become overwhelming to deal with. And, make no bones about it, there is great power in a written and mailed note or letter. Thank you notes are powerful tools that help a person remember you – and these days, they do seem to help you stand out from the crowd. Much more so than yet another Facebook friend request.

  • dschwartz

    Clay – I agree about thank-you notes. It’s so refreshing to get one in the mail!

  • Marie Kirkland

    There are so many new resources available to everyone that the one thing we must remember is to not lose ourselves in the resource. It can be easy to quickly post, forget and move on to the next post. But are you connected and aligned with how you are using these resources?
    A great example would be if someone generally sends out thank you cards they would also connect by sending direct messages. Like hand written thank you cards direct messages stand out in today’s technology. But you can never replace the warm and fuzzy of thank you cards.
    Great post.

  • Daniel

    I agree wholeheartedly. Analog thank you notes are great for leaving first impressions, but a Twitter DM will suffice for something as small as a re-tweet.

    Good post!

  • Ellie

    I agree. I think that my generation is going to have to be careful with the use of social media throughout the interview process and in the work force in general. Though it is great that we have so many ways to communicate, we must value the traditional forms of communication (such as writing thank you cards).