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Saying “Thank You” after you’ve interviewed with a hiring manager, supervisor or team is incredibly important. It proves that you respect their time while also displaying your passion for the role. We’re all aware of the typical courtesy email, but interviewers receive these daily. To stand out amongst the other candidates, consider the following unique “Thank You’s.”

Thank You’s That Are Inappropriate

Sending large gifts to your interviewers may seem like a bribe, so items like bottles of wine or shaving kits are off the table while you’re finding a job. However, flowers are always appropriate for Valentine’s day. If you’re looking to buy a gift for your loved ones, click here.

Gifting your interviewers isn’t necessarily a bad idea; they just can’t be too big or expensive.

Making a phone call to say “Thank You” isn’t advisable either, as it can come off as badgering. You can call in a week to ask about the status of your application, as that conveys interest, but never phone your potential place of employment to show your appreciation. Text-messages are out of the question as well, because it’s invasive and will feel like a breach of privacy.

Never rely on snail mail for your “Thank You’s” unless you plop the note directly into their mailbox. If the thank you note comes late, it could make you look bad. Thank you’s should be delivered promptly, and within a day or two from your initial meeting for them to mean something.

Thank You’s That Are Appropriate and Creative

Even if you plan to deliver a unique thank you, you should always send an email directly after the interview. It’s the most appropriate way to thank all employers. Make sure you customize your email and go over the information you and your interviewer discussed, as it shows you paid attention. It’s essential that you deliver your email before using the following creative ideas:

  • Thank You Cards: The card itself needs to look cool, but the message you write doesn’t have to be lengthy. Just state that you appreciate them seeing you.
  • Small Gifts: When we mean small gifts, we mean Send your interviewer something that relates to your conversation. Your gift shouldn’t cost more than $20.
  • Thank the Superior: Before you leave the interview, approach the superior or interviewer and compliment their employees. When you do this, it makes them feel appreciated and provides feedback that they’re doing a great job with staffing.
  • Write a Tweet: If you’re comfortable being public with your Thank You’s, write a tweet directed at the business, not the interviewer. Proceed with caution here because you may feel awkward explaining why you didn’t get the job if they hire another candidate.
  • Add an Ice-Breaker: At the bottom of your Thank You email, write an ice-breaker or question that relates to the job. If you feel that you and your interviewer had a connection, you can ask work-based questions, like their favorite thing about the office.

Whether you had a formal or informal interview, showing your thanks isn’t just a courtesy; it’s a necessity. Since most of their interviewees will do the bare minimum, like shaking the superiors hand and sending emails, you need to ensure you stand out by being a bit more creative.

Inflating their egos is definitely not something you want to unintentionally do. So doing the above can be a safe way of showing your appreciation.


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