Long Live the Thank You

I’ve written (talked) a lot about “thank-you’s” lately…guess I just can’t shake this thank-you-thing from my mind.

Our company has an internal position open that’s getting a lot of my attention these days. In fact, I’ve had five face-to-face interviews since last Thursday. Since we spend a lot of time interviewing on behalf of other organizations, it’s been a lot of fun to pursue these candidates knowing one of them will soon be on our team.

But here’s what’s puzzling me about the candidates. For the most part, all five have engaged well in the interview process. Two candidates have successfully raised the bar for the others, based on their passionate, on-target responses to our questions. One candidate sent a thank-you card as a follow-up to the interview.

One.

Honestly, it’s intriguing. And really, I’m just curious…since when did “the experts” stop telling candidates to send thank you notes? Sure, I say that jokingly, because, even though I’ve only been at this for 12 years, it’s pretty much been like that since I joined the recruiting ranks. The Career Coaches instruct the job-seekers to follow-up with a well-written thank-you card, and, once-in-a-blue-moon somebody will walk the road less traveled and do something that blows me away.

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In this case, the candidate followed up with an email within an hour of the interview, saying that she’d be delivering an appropriate thank-you. Sure enough, the next day she stops in the office with the likes of a thank-you card that, honestly, is likely the most well-written and appropriate card I’ve ever received.

Nicely done.

It’s follow-up skills and candidates like this that give me hope in the job-seeking race. And they just might have landed her a new job.

Long live the thank-you.

Humble seeker of wireless executives and passionate community-builder behind the curtains of WirelessJobs.com

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4 Comments on “Long Live the Thank You

  1. Ha! Your first line was my first thought when I read your headline…You are temporarily obsessed, as I get from time to time. Good thing to be obsessed about. Several years ago we had a good webinar on this subject by a guy whose name I can’t stop to look up now. Common coourtesy is so rare he was surprised when I sent him a thank you for the presentation 🙂 I guess it just helps those of us who remember to have people do it.

  2. Dave – you are correct sir! Hey, if we’re going to get anal about something, it might as well be something worthwhile, eh?

    Hey, I’ve got a video challenge post coming out that is directed right to you. Look forward to getting your response!

    Dennis

  3. Sorry to break up this mutual admiration society boys – but it just needs to be said.

    Get on the phone!

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