Thanks, But No Thanks

    Survey Shows Thank-You Notes Influence Hiring Decisions, But Only One out
    of Five Candidates Send Them

    TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Your mother told you to do it, and now a new
survey shows she was right: Sending a thank-you note not only displays
impeccable manners but also may give job hopefuls an edge over other
applicants. While more than three-quarters of executives polled (76 per cent)
said sending a thank-you note following an interview can boost a job seeker's
chances, they also estimate that four out of five applicants (80 per cent)
fail to do so. On average, compared to five years ago, candidates are
following up slightly less, post-interview.
    The poll included responses from 100 senior Canadian executives -
including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments. It
was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Accountemps,
the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary
accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.
    Seventy-six per cent of executives said they consider a post-interview
thank-you note influential when evaluating candidates, similar to the response
from executives asked this same question in 2002 (79 per cent).
    Executives polled said one out of five (20 per cent) of the candidates
they interview send thank-you notes afterward, compared with 23 per cent five
years ago.

    Executives were also asked, "How do you prefer to receive thank-you
messages from candidates following interviews?" Their responses:

           E-mail ......................................  62%
           Handwritten note ............................  22%
           Phone........................................   4%
           Combination of above.........................  12%

    "Regardless of how someone believes he or she performed during the
interview, sending a short thank-you note afterward demonstrates initiative
and courtesy," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of
Managing Your Career For Dummies(R) (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "Conveying
appreciation in a well-written message is not only polite, it also can
distinguish a job applicant from others vying for the same position."
    Messmer added that the best strategy often is to send an e-mail shortly
after the interview, followed by more formal correspondence. "E-mail ensures
immediacy, but hiring managers also favour the personal touch of a handwritten
note," he said.
    According to Accountemps, thank-you notes should be just a few paragraphs
in length and accomplish three objectives: Express your appreciation for the
opportunity; reinforce your interest in the job; and restate the value you can
bring to the organization.

    Accountemps has more than 350 offices throughout North America, Europe
and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search services at

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
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