1. First Contact
Whether a hiring manager gets back to you over phone or by email to set up an interview, make sure to take a moment to thank them for their time and consideration. You certainly aren’t owed an interview just because you threw your resume into the ring, so don’t put on an air of entitlement. It’s important to remain humble – that is not to say meek – throughout the process, and showing your appreciation is crucial to paying respect for the interviewer, as well as the company on the whole.
2. During the Interview
Make your first impression a great one – the moment you walk into the interview and shake hands with a hiring manager, thank them once again for their time and consideration. Make sure to exit with a bang too; when you get up to leave, express your gratitude. If more than one person is interviewing you, shake hands with each person and say thanks to all individually, and address them each by name if you can.
3. After the Interview
Many people often forget this step, but it’s essential to send a thank you note to a hiring manager after an interview. It shows that you are thinking about a job after you’ve gotten through the initial meeting, and also gives you a chance to remind the hiring manager who you are, why you want the job, and what you bring to the table. It’s up to you to discern whether it’s more appropriate to say thanks via email or regular mail; just make sure you remember this important gesture that all hiring managers appreciate.
4. Upon Rejection
Even though your inclination may be to cut your losses and move on as quickly as you can when you are rejected from a job, take a few minutes to say thanks one final time. Saying thank you after you are given a “no” conveys professionalism, and cues hiring managers into what you might be like to work with if a future opportunity rolls around. Never forget that, while you may not be given the current position you are applying to, other jobs may open up that are better suited to you. Keep yourself at the top of the hiring manager’s list by ending on a positive note.
Always remember the importance of saying thank you, and, equally as important, remind yourself of the things you are already grateful for in your life. Even if you don’t have a job this holiday season, try to remember that things do change, and it’s the joy and support you currently have that will get you through these challenging times.
The Doostang Team