Last Friday, Jessica Liebman posted The Number One Mistake People I Interview Are Making These Days at Business Insider.
So, apparently now (spoilers ahead), not sending a thank you email after an interview is a mistake; and not just any, the one that tops the chart.
For Jessica, the basic guidelines for a thank you email are these:
- Thank you for meeting (or talking) with me.
- I really want this job. (ed. note: duh!)
- Quick plug about why I’m perfect for it.
- I assume you don’t want the job
- I think you’re disorganized and forgot about following up
- There is a much higher shot I’ll forget about you
- So no email means I don’t want the job and that I lack organizational skills… are you always that fast to jump into conclusions? Based on what, you conclude this; on the fact that I don’t worship you?
- If I need to evaluate “follow up skills”, then I’d probe that during the interview, just like with any other skill that is deemed relevant for a given position. A good and well trained interviewer knows that you have X amount of time (screening/interview) to gather all relevant material for further analysis. After that, the next step is on you, to follow-up with the candidate about how the process continues, or ends.
- You’ll forget me faster if I don’t schmooze you… even if I rocked the interview, was the most polite and well rounded candidate ever…but I didn’t send you an email to satisfy your ego? Doesn’t sound like a very professional attitude…
Escalating the rant
Now, leaving Business Insider’s article aside, I’m actually fed up with this “I’m king, adore me” stance that some companies/managers have.
Companies/reps expect candidates to send a thank you email but very few -speaking about organizational skills- follow up to inform the candidate that he/she didn´t get the job, and that’s without mentioning all the other forms of disrespect that some have to tolerate in order to get a job.
What do you think?
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