Etiquette Tip of the Week: Two thank-you notes are better than 1.
By Callista Gould
Bio: Callista Gould is a certified etiquette instructor and author of the book, The Exceptional Professional, available at Beaverdale Books.
“I’ve never heard of someone who didn’t get a job offer for writing too many thank you notes.”
That was a comment from a Director of Career Services at a major university I met with recently. We were talking about how many job applicants only send an email thank you, because they think sending an email thank you, plus a follow-up thank you by postal mail is over-doing it. We were agreement that two thank you notes were better than one.
I’ve never heard of someone rejected for a job for dressing too well. A friend of mine was interviewing candidates for an entry-level position in the $50,000 range. She had three stellar candidates, who were perfect on paper and had some bonus skills. All three showed up in jeans.
“Which one did you select?” I asked her.
“I started over,” she said.
Doing the minimum isn’t the best strategy. Why? Because there are candidates out there willing to over-do, whatever you under-do.
Can you do too much research on an organization before an interview?
Can you do too much preparation for an interview?
Can you make too many follow up calls?
Actually, you can make too many follow up calls. Three in a week is sufficient. Three per day for a week is overkill. But not making any follow up calls makes you seem disinterested.
If you want it, go get it. Dress a little better for the interview, do extra research and preparation, write the extra thank you note and make the follow up phone calls.
Once you get the job, remember that many people have lost a job, due to something they said, emailed or Tweeted. Maria Everding, founder of The Etiquette Institute, says, “No one listens themselves out of a job.”
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