Surprisingly, the thank you note is still a heavily debated piece of the job search. While many people know it’s important to make sure every interviewer is properly thanked for his or her time, I’ve had a number of conversations that end with, “Eh, what’s the big deal?”
And to be honest, I have a hard time hiding my disdain whenever I hear this—but it’s also a good reminder that some people still don’t realize the power of this “old-fashioned” career move.
Before you take some bad advice and skip this step of the interview process, you should know that you’re missing out on some really big perks. Specifically, here are three things you’re cheating yourself of whenever you don’t send a thank you note.
1. Your Chance to Nudge Your Application to the Top of the Pile
No, seriously. When I was a recruiter, thank you notes were often a tiebreaker whenever we couldn’t decide between two contenders who were otherwise equal. And there were a couple times when one of them made it easy for us by skipping the thank you note altogether. That was great for us—but of course, not as good for the person we passed on.
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