To Get the Job, Send Hiring Pro a Thank-You Note

To Get the Job, Send Hiring Pro a Thank-You Note

To Get the Job, Send Hiring Pro a Thank-You Note

More than 75% of interviewers say receiving a thank-you note affects their decisions.

Do you show proper appreciation after a job interview by sending thank-you notes? This step has traditionally been considered a given in the process, along with wearing professional attire, shaking hands firmly, providing a résumé and accepting a business card. To the chagrin of workplace etiquette experts, however, the thank-you note is no longer the norm for many candidates, according to a new survey from TheLadders. That said, the vast majority of hiring professionals say that this polite gesture does matter. "Many job seekers believe that the interview is over once they step out of the office, but that's simply not the case," says Amanda Augustine, job search expert for TheLadders, an online job-matching service. "Based on my decade-long experience in conducting interviews, I can attest first-hand that failure to follow up can be the deciding factor in rejecting a candidate who is otherwise a great fit." More than 5 million members of TheLadders took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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