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Subject:To thank or not to thank... From:"Comeau, Lisa" <Lisa -dot- Comeau -at- MOH -dot- GOV -dot- ON -dot- CA> Date:Tue, 1 Jun 1999 11:57:55 -0400
I am thoroughly enjoying this thread, and even though it may not "directly
relate to Technical Writing", I think it does directly relate to job
searches. Having been on both sides of the table more than once, I decided
<end reasoning, begin sinpping and clipping, and rebutting to comments>
Patricia Allard <always wrote thank-you notes...until ... hired by a boss
"Never write a thank-you note for an interview. You are thanking the
interviewer for doing their job and it is condescending and ingratiating.">
>>Of course they're doing their job, but thank-you letters/phone calls,
emails, notes, etc., are a sign of courtesy, and respect for the
interviewer's time spent. Not condescending. Pat, the opinion of the many
outweigh the opinion of the few, and I would suggest that a courteous and
brief thank-you would be appreciated by more people than those who consider
it insulting. How many jobs have ou unknowingly given up by not sending a
Tracey Moore <believes that courtesy goes both ways.>
>> Absolutely, but in my experience, the interviewer is too "busy" deciding
who to hire, and hasn't got the time. We can, however, cure this in a way I
found helpful when I was hiring:
>>Immediately following the interview with the candidate, I reviewed the
notes I made on said person. Since I use a PC to keep track of info, I had
already created a generic keyboard-merge thank you letter, to which I added
info based on the interview. If I had the candidates email address, I could
email it, if not, I'd print it out and sign it, and mail it using one of the
nifty labels with the candidate's address on it.
Sabahat Ashraf guesses <they did me a favour by not hiring me; I wouldn't
have fit in and felt really bad about working with people so much older'n me
>> I sense the sarcasm, and I understand it, but from my only true "job from
Hell" experience, I wish to gosh they'd thought more about the corporate
fit, as well as the age difference between other staff and myself...
(Sabahat - it's a long story, and I'd be happy to discuss it off-list if
you're interested) but if you expect a thank you, and don't get one, this
might be a clue about "corporate fit" in itself.
Sean Brierley sees <the thank you as a professional courtesy and a sign of
interest in the job>
>> You bet. And a thanks from the interviewer shows the same professional
Jarnopol interviewed thankless people <through head hunters, others came
through contract-to-hire agencies and some even came from the ranks of this
>> From personal experience, (not to give the ingrates a way out,)
headhunters and contract-to-hire agiencies rarely 'allow' the candidate to
handle any correspondence with the interviewer. However, I will ask the
headhiunter to please pass on my thank-you to the person who interviewed me
if I'm not "allowed" to do it myself.
John Posada says "...By the time the thankyou note would have arrived, it
arriving at a destination where I either have it or don't have it. If the
former, it's superflous. If the later...well, TNT."
>> If they're deciding that fast, obviously, a "thank-you for interviewing
me" letter may be inappropriate, but I have gotten jobs after the person
hired didn't work out because I sent letters saying "Thanks for interviewing
me, wish your company the best of luck, enjoyed leraning more about XYZ, and
am still interested if any positions come free in future".
>> I guess all this babbling means I have strong opinions about thanking
people - my favorite author says <paraphrasing> a lack of courtesy is the
sign of a sick society, soon to die.
>>As writers we are courteous to our audience by finding out the best way to
address them, so why, as interviewe(rs/ees) are we not as courteous?
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