After Birthday parties, Christmas or any other times of celebration my children sit down and write thank you notes to all those who have sent them a gift. It’s time-consuming ( they are lucky kids, too often spoiled rotten by doting Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles ) but I think it important that they acknowledge the time and effort people around them have gone to.
This is not a lesson in parenting, nor am I trying to extol my virtues ( there are very few! ) It did however get me thinking of the values of saying thank you and the part that very simple yet enormously valuable expression can play in the job search.
How many of you ever write to say thank you after an interview? Have you ever considered the value were you to do so?
Think of the impact on your application. You may be one of three, five, ten invited in. That process is often protracted ( it ought not to be but invariably is ). Standing out from the crowd is tough.
Success is in the margins, the small things can make the biggest difference. We are all human. Anything that can help you to remain at the forefront of the hiring managers mind is to be recommended. How long would it take you to write a note to thank your interviewer for their time and to re – affirm, politely, succinctly, your interest in the job?
Even if you have made the decision that this particular post isn’t for you, what impact a short note of thanks? If another job was to arise in that organisation that is more in line with your ambitions, how would such a note impact your chances of success in a future job application?
It takes a second to say thank you, minutes to write an email to express your thanks. Think of the potential impact on your job search? What harm can it do?
Manners cost nothing. Think about that next time you apply for a job.