Politeness pays off, especially when you’re looking for jobs.
According to a new report released by recruitment software provider CIMS, sending a thank-you note or email after a job interview can help you clinch a job offer ― and may even give you leverage to negotiate a higher salary with your new employer.
Recruiters told CIMS that only 26 percent of entry-level applicants followed up with a thank-you note after a job interview in 2017.
The 74 percent who didn’t reach out may have left money on the table: Sixty-three percent of recruiters said they’d be more likely to hire someone who asked for slightly more money and sent a thank-you note than someone who asked for slightly less money but did not send a note.
The survey was conducted among 400 U.S. college seniors and 400 U.S. HR/recruiting professionals.
Clearly, sending a thank-you note leaves a lasting impression, but it’s a surprisingly uncommon practice, especially among millennials, said Marissa Peretz, the founder and a recruiting consultant at Silicon Beach Talent.
“My question to millennials is: Why wouldn’t you write a thank you?” Peretz said. “It’s a simple gesture that takes just a moment and it is a good strategy to put you back on the radar with an employer in a very positive way.”
The humble thank-you email works overtime for you, communicating to your potential employer that you’re serious about the job, appreciative of their time and ready to engage with them on a peer-to-peer level, Peretz said.
“The simple act of sending a thank-you note creates social equity,” she told HuffPost. “It makes someone more likable and makes me more inclined to go to bat for them.”
A top candidate knows how to do all the right things, and showing gratitude is part of the package, she said.
“We’ve had numerous instances over the years in which a hiring manager was really impressed with a candidate during the interview … until that candidate failed to write a thank you email”-Ken Sundheim, CEO of the recruitment firm KAS Placement.
And look at it this way: If you just endured the rigmarole of interview prep and an actual interview, drafting a quick, concise thank-you email should be a piece of cake.
The practice matters doubly if you’re applying to a field that’s communications-oriented. In that case, your prospective employers need to know you’re a savvy communicator who won’t drop the ball with clients, said Ken Sundheim, CEO of KAS Placement, a recruitment firm that specializes in sales recruiting and marketing headhunting.
“We’ve had numerous instances over the years in which a hiring manager was really impressed with a candidate during the interview … until that candidate failed to write a thank-you email,” he said. “They figured that person would have the same poor follow-up skills with important clients.”