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Subject:Re: To thank or not to thank... From:Melonie Holliman <melonie -dot- holliman -at- TXEXMTA4 -dot- AMD -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 1 Jun 1999 11:44:14 -0500
I believe greatly in courtesy and respect. I also believe that
courtesy and respect is often used these days to manipulate
a situation rather than with honesty and integrity.
Sending thank you notes fell into the "10 tricks to getting a job"
they used to teach business majors. It always seemed a bit
manipulative to me; therefore, I have never sent them nor do
I put much stock into receiving them.
I think an honest "thank you" at the end of interview or a
quick email afterwards is enough as long as it is said with
true graciousness and not with "I am saying this so you will
hire me." That attitude cannot be hidden and tends to ooze
through the words (IMHO). In my opinion, a manipulative
thank you is a mark against the applicant.
Just a note regarding contacting a company about their decision:
I have never received a job where I had to contact the company
after the interview. When they were really interested, they
contacted me (usually within a few days). Every job I have
ever had, I had the job within a week of the company receiving
my resume. Anyway, that is how it has worked for me.
Melonie R. Holliman
Advanced Micro Devices