What is your opinion on shooting a thank you email to the hiring manager? I've done it a few times and felt like a sycophant, plus it never helped me land a job.
I've never done it. But I'd have to say if I was hiring and the applicants were all pretty similar- I might very well be swayed by a nice note, thinking they must really, really want it- and would bring some energy and enthusiasm to the job.
It also displays some familiarity with manners and etiquette.
I agree with what R1 said, especially the last sentence. Especially with young people, it really separates the entitled brats from the ones who were raised right. I think its a nice touch.
Always send a thank you note.
It's a cover letter that's finely tuned.
It allows you to pinpoint why you're the person for that job and why you fit in with their culture.
It also confirms that you have at least one contact at the company. You may not be chosen for that job, but there may be others.
You suggest sending a snail mail thank you?
I never hired anyone who didn't follow up with a thank you note. Period. I may be a protocol stickler, but I'm sure it can't hurt your chances with even the slackest of hiring managers, OP.
Unlike r5, I generally receive a thank you note after an interview but I don't expect one.
I am in a creative industry, though. I'm lucky if that candidate gets here on time.
You're supposed to do it. They emphasize this at the career counseling center I go to, career advice books and websites advise it, and I always do it. These days, you're expected to send an email, not a snail mail letter.
It's best to follow up within 1 to 2 days of the interview. In the email you thank them for the interview, restate your qualifications, and mention something specific about the interview -- a common interest, perhaps. It's also a good opportunity to re-answer a question you may not have had a good answer for during the interview.
Possibly not every hiring manager expects a thank you note. But some, like R5, do, and it's always best to CYA.
It is the polite thing to do, if the person actually did anything. One does not do the polite thing because it results in a reward. One does it because it is the right thing to do.
And why is being polite considered sycophantic?
You see, such traits are ones that I would hope would become evident in an interview, so I could avoid hiring the person exhibiting them.
As for a letter or an email, in the recent past there was no alternative to a real letter (shut up about snail mail), but now it is best to consider the place of employment and the people in it when decided if an email is appropriate. Things have tipped to the degree that some asses actually look down on a hard-copy, signed letter on good-quality paper. Of course, that would be the sort of place no civilized person would want to work, no matter how tech-oriented it is.
I don't do it. Interviews feel enough like begging.
It's pretty old fashioned these days but it does add a nice touch and if you're amongst a large cohort, it'll make you stand out.
I would not hire someone who did not.
Is a handwritten note considered too much these days?
It's a good way to remind someone who you are, and that you're interested. Just don't make it fake or stilted sounding. A genuine note of thanks with a few positive details can't hurt.
What about the hirer who should let you know 1) you've got the job, or 2) you didn't get it? I'm still waiting to hear from a job interview I had twenty odd years ago. Politeness of that nature hasn't died just because everything is done these days on the net. It kostly never existed!
It's never changed my mind in favour of an unsuitable candidate but it can be persuasive when selecting between those with potential. Especially if they have picked up on a key point or two and shown that they have understood the role and the requirements and can add value.
R14, not any more. They wade through hundreds of resumes and interview dozens of people - even for those jobs filled from within.
No news is very bad news.
Essential. I'm about to land a great job after interviewing 8 people. I sent 8 personalized, conversation-specific emails with 24 hours.
I was a hiring manager at my last job and I got thank you emails from maybe half the people. One in 10, maybe, sent it via snail mail.
Personally, I found people who were too good at the whole interview process did not make good hires. Having a lot of experience interviewing usually meant either they would either leave the position too soon or they interviewed in a lot of places that never hired them.
R17. What a suckup! Must be a government spying job!
I interview a lot and if the interview wasn't good then it doesn't make a difference. If I have two that are good and one sends me a thank you, guess who gets the jod.
R20. I hope it's not a proofreading jod!
A follow-up thank you note works. Period.
Shows you know the right thing to do.
If significant communication with the interviewer happened via email before the interview, then a thank you email is appropriate. Make sure you summarize a few key points about yourself and why you think you are ideal for the job. Make it concise and spell check thoroughly.
If contact prior to the interview was by phone or document, send a traditional thank you note through snail mail. And again, make it concise and correct.
You'd get the proofreading jod, R21.
This week, I sent 2 post-interview thank you emails. Neither hiring mgr had the decency to respond or acknowledge it.
After reading the atrocious grammar and sentence structure in R17, I can't believe she duped someone into hiring her ass!