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Should you send a thank you letter before the weekend or just wait till afterwards?

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Summary

Should I send a thank you letter before a long holiday weekend or after?  Either or.

Many people would say, “Don’t send it before the weekend.”  After all, the person is probably trying to get out the door, isn’t real interested, wait until Tuesday.  Some people will say that by Tuesday they may have forgotten about you anyway.  What do you do? It’s quite a dilemma.

Send one before the weekend. And, if you don’t hear anything from them, send one afterwards!

You could send one Tuesday, late in the day saying, “I just want to make sure you saw this. I know you’re busy.  You may have left early on Friday, but I just want you to know that I was interested in the opportunity. I really appreciate that the time that we spent with one another.  I look forward to hearing from you about next steps.

It doesn’t have to be one or the other.  There is the 3rd way and I think that one is the better way.

 

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Should I Send a Thank You Letter Before The Weekend?

 

 Should you send a thank you letter before the weekend or just wait till afterwards?

Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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FAQ’s on Thank You Letters

Good recruiters tell jobseekers to send a thank you note after an interview. To address the most frequently asked questions on how and what to send in a thank you note, here are some thoughts.

Won’t the employer think that I am desperate if I send a thank-you letter?

Of course not.

Rarely is an employer unhappy to receive a thank-you letter. It is considered a way of showing politeness, a gesture of courtesy, one way to outshine the rest of the interviewees, and a way to keep your name in front of their thinking.

Won’t it jeopardize the possibility of getting the job? Not in most cases, but it could. So why take the chance?

Answer: Many managers waver between two finalists after the last interview for a position when they receive a thank-you letter from one it made all the difference.

Should it be handwritten or word processed?

What’s most important is the thought of doing it and the speed with which it arrives. It needs be tailored to the specific person and not a standard form note and arrive within 24 hours so as to arrive before a decision is made. Thus, word processing the note and emailing it is the way to go.

So email the thank you note?

YES!

Make sure your note is spell-checked, visually checked for errors, and is grammar checked. There are candidates who were on the verge of being hired but were rejected after emailing a sloppy thank you letters that used poor grammar and typos.

Will a borrowed thank-you letter do?

Yes, but make sure the note written “sounds” like the way you speak and is not a super-polite, formal note. Speak person to person, not person to manager.

If it was a group or panel interview should thank you letters be sent to all interviewers?

Yes

Thank you letters are an extra opportunity to create a favorable impression. They don’t always work AND not sending one misses an opportunity.

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Should You Bother Sending Thank You Letters?

Someone in my office sent a video to us showcasing one of his clients being interviewed by ABC News about thank you letters after an interview. Every HR person interviewed enthusiastically approved the notion of sending thank you letters. Some went so far as to lavish praise over those who sent handwritten thank you letters.

Let me let you in on a dirty little secret.

There are three things a thank you note will do.

1. Get you rejected because it demonstrates how poorly you write

2. Give you an opportunity to highlight certain skills you have that may have been either overlooked by the interviewer or because you did a poor job presenting them or

3. Absolutely nothing.

Statistically, thank you letters do nothing because they arrive far after a decision has been made, In 40 years of doing recruiting, I have never heard an employer say, “You know, we rejected this person from consideration but their thank you letter changed our mind.”

But do a poor job and they will definitely get your candidacy rejected. I have heard employers say, “We were going to bring So and So back for another interview but their thank you letter was terrible . . . and they would site poor grammar or spelling as a basis for rejecting someone. There is no excuse for either in a day when spelling and grammar checking is built into word processing software.

From time to time, I hear of a thank you letter persuading an insecure or uncertain manager to have another conversation with someone. No disrespect to HR is meant in this next statement–Despite what those said on video, HR never changes its mind about someone based upon a thank you.

As for handwritten thank you letters, they are a waste of time. By the time they are delivered by the postal service, a decision was made two days before.

If you are going to send a thank you, make sure you

1. Email thank you’s to each person you met

2. Make each one a little different

3. Use them as an opportunity to explain how your experience fits what was specified by them as being sought in the interview

4. Express your interest in the job.

If you are not interested in a position, do not send a thank you letter unless it is to tell someone that you are not interested in the job.

Sending a thank you when you are not interested is like telling someone you dated for the first time that you will call them again and not.

Very bad manners.

So, there is nothing wrong with sending a thank you letter after an interview but don’t expect too much from yours. Statistics bear out that they are a general waste of time.

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