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The Art of Saying Thank You

The other day, I spoke to an employer who was feeling depressed because he thought that his interview went well but that the candidate did not send him an email saying thanks for his time. He started thinking he was antiquated, so I got thinking, both as a candidate and as an employer, about how each side might feel afterward and how we could work to create a professional rapport.

Of course, saying thank you is courteous and appropriate. However, employers and candidates frequently need to remember to do this after holding interviews. This may cause one side to lose trust in the other since there is so much emotion throughout the interview. Whenever someone gives you a gift, a compliment, or even helps, you say "thank you.”

It is a social norm, applicable in personal and professional relationships, and shows your appreciation for the time and consideration of the opportunity. Please take the time to write thank you emails to candidates after interviewing them. You can even automate emails when preparing for interviews since we know you have plenty on your mind.

Thanking candidates ASAP will ensure it is not a second thought for your hiring decision, making them feel appreciated. It is also the perfect way to find out when they will make their decision or even ask them if they have any questions they did not get answered (nerves do happen).

Candidates may use email to thank their employers for interviewing them. This can be an excellent way to express gratitude and appreciation after an employer interview you. Of course, say thank you personally in the post-interview conversation. When thanking employers, candidates should focus on showing gratitude. However, feel free to ask about the following steps following the interview if it needs to be discussed or ask additional questions.

Sometimes, it is the small things, but saying "thank you" could be what helps you get a job. This is especially true if there are many applicants. It is an easy, effective way to demonstrate respect and foster relationships in our great industry. We all tend to overuse it, but it does make a difference.


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