thank-you notes

should I send a post-interview thank-you if I’m not sure how enthusiastic I am about the job?

June 24, 2014

A reader writes: I recently had a phone interview that left me conflicted. There were aspects of the job that seemed like a great fit, while other things said during the interview raised some questions in my mind about whether it would be a good place for me. I was able to ask some, but […]

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you’re making these 5 mistakes in your interview thank-you notes

October 24, 2012

You probably know that it helps to send a thank-you note (which I prefer to think of as a follow-up note, not a thank-you) to your interviewer after you meet. But it’s not just as simple as “send a note.” If you don’t handle them well, they lose their effectiveness. Over at U.S. News & […]

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are interview thank-you notes going out of style?

October 12, 2012

A reader writes: I emailed you a bit ago about creating an audio clip in a resume which you suggested to not do because no one would take the time to hear it. Now I’m in a position where I hire, I TOTALLY see why… I’d find it annoying and I’d probably delete it. Anyway, […]

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thank-you notes: they’re not about thanking anyone

June 27, 2012

The job search advice industry has done a decent job of convincing job-seekers that they should send a thank-you note after a job interview, but a really bad job of explaining why and what the note should include. And they’ve really done everyone a disservice by using the term “thank-you notes.” These aren’t really thank-you […]

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how much do thank-you notes really matter after a job interview?

August 24, 2011

A reader writes: Last week, I had a phone interview with a very well-respected company in my area. After the interview, I sent thank you emails and cards to multiple people who were involved in the process. I customized each one based on how they helped me, and I sent them the same day of […]

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is it cheesy to send a thank-you on animal-themed stationary?

July 30, 2010

A reader writes: I recently applied for a job at an animal care facility, and I made sure to note in my cover letter than I’m a compassionate animal (and people) person in hopes that this will show my personality and also put my resume at the top of the pile. If (hopefully when) I […]

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is it possible to send an interview thank-you note too quickly?

July 20, 2010

A reader writes: I have a question about thank-you letters after an interview. In today’s world of cell phones being able to do email, I can actually have the thank-you letter sent before I even leave the interviewer’s office. I literally just said thank-you and shook hands three minutes ago, and am sending the thank-you email […]

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must I send thank-you’s to all 5 of my interviewers?

March 4, 2010

A reader writes: I interviewed at a company where I met with 5 different people. Am I supposed to write and send a thank you card to each person I met with, or only the one person who is making the hiring decision and would potentially be my boss? Well, you don’t have to, but […]

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should I send flowers after a job interview?

October 23, 2009

A reader writes: I was just wondering if you think it’s a good idea to send flowers after an interview for a thank you. It’s a nice thought, but no — it’s too much. I know it can feel differently, but an employer is not doing you a favor by interviewing you. They are hoping […]

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should employers respond to job-seekers’ post-interview thank-you notes?

October 8, 2009

A reader writes: What’s the etiquette of responding to a job candidate’s thank you note? Is this the right thing for employers to do? Every time I go for an interview, I always send out a thank you email, normally on the same day. Some companies/people I interview with were kind enough to respond to […]

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