You're 20 Percent More Likely to Get the Job if ...

Likely to Get the Job Spending less than five minutes could improve your chances of getting a job by 20 percent, according to a recent survey of employers. That small amount of time should be spent on writing a simple thank you note. More than one-in-five (22 percent) hiring managers say they are less likely to hire a candidate if they don't send a thank-you note after an interview.

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 it sends the message that they aren't really serious about the opportunity. This is from a national survey of more than 2,800 U.S. employers, conducted by CareerBuilder.

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And that thank you note doesn't necessarily have to be handwritten; the majority (89 percent) of hiring managers say it is OK to send a thank-you note in the form of an e-mail, with half saying it is actually the way they prefer to receive them.

IT hiring managers are the most eager to receive e-mail, rather than written thank you notes. The majority of those in the financial services like hand-written and USPS delivered notes better, but say that e-mail is still acceptable.

"While the job market has begun to move in the right direction, competition continues to remain high for open positions and job seekers need to stay on their toes," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder.

So what should be included in a thank you note? CareerBuilder gives the following suggestions:

Repeat, repeat, repeat. While a lot of what you include in your thank-you note may seem repetitive, restate your enthusiasm about the job and your qualifications for the position. Include any interesting topic that may have come up during the interview.

Cover all your bases. If you interviewed with more than one hiring manager, send a thank-you note to each person.

Edit, edit, edit. Make sure everyone's name, department and title are written correctly. It's a good idea to ask for a card from each person you speak with, so you can make sure you get everything right.


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Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning multi-media journalist and author of Career Comeback--Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want.  Her work has been translated into 20 different languages, and she is a frequent expert guest and commentator on news and talk shows. She has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, on the CBS Early Show, NBC Today, CNBC, Fox Business News, Dr. Phil, Oprah.com and many other media outlets.  Lisa discusses her AOL pieces each week and interviews vital guests on the web TV show, This Week in Careers. Learn more on LisaJohnsonMandell.com.

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charm

I would say about 95% of the interviewers don't give the candidate the courtesy and respect of letting them know that the position has been offered to someone else. Job seekers are expected to jump through a million hoops and use all kinds of strategies( that the interviewers know they are using) to get the job, but the interviewers don't take the time to send the standard "we've selected a candidate whose qualifications more closely fit the needs of this position" form letter. I've been there too many times. Why bother?

July 09 2012 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
really?

if a business won't hire you because you didn't send a thank you letter, odds are you weren't getting the job anyway.

June 02 2011 at 3:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
really?

if a business won't hire you because you didn't send a thank you letter odds are you weren't getting the job anyway

June 02 2011 at 3:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
icrywhenimstrb8

Lack of follow through? No. The fact is that it is the interviewer's job to conduct the interview. They should thank you for coming therefore gave them a job. This article further facilitate the already messed up power relationship in the workplace.

June 01 2011 at 6:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CCS

I always send a email thank you to anyone I talk to about a job thanking them for their time
it has not worked so far but I will keep trying
AJC

April 18 2011 at 3:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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