Would You Risk the One-Fifth of Employers Who Would Eliminate You for No Thank-You Note?


Despite consistent advice from career experts that job-seekers send a thank-you note after an interview, few job-seekers do so. With most employers, the lack of the simple common courtesy of a thank-you note will probably not make or break the job offer. But are you willing to risk losing the goodwill of the 22 percent of hiring managers who say they are less likely to hire a candidate if they don’t send a thank-you note after an interview? Job-seekers who are not following proper etiquette are hurting their chances of landing a job, even if they may be a good fit for the position. More than one-in-five hiring managers say they are less likely to hire a candidate if they don’t send a thank-you note after an interview, according to new data released by CareerBuilder. Of those who would dismiss a candidate for the faux pas, 86 percent say it shows a lack of follow-through, and an additional 56 percent say the lack of a thank-you letter sends the message that they aren’t really serious about the opportunity. This national survey was conducted among more than 2,800 U.S. employers between February 21 and March 10, 2011. What’s best, regular mail or email? The majority (89 percent) of hiring managers say it is OK to send a thank-you note in the form of an email, with half saying email is actually the way they prefer to receive them. When it comes to industries, the bulk of IT hiring managers say they prefer to receive email thank-you notes more than any other industry surveyed, while the majority of those in the financial services say it’s not preferred, but still OK. Occasionally you’ll come across an employer or career expert not gung-ho about thank-you letters. But it’s unlikely that a hiring manager would eliminate a candidate for sending such a letter. Our Post-Job-Interview Thank-You-Letter Worksheet guides you through a thank-you letter, including several content aspects of the interview to consider integrating into your letter. PR_Infographic_1.jpg