Do Thank-You Notes Matter? You Decide!

"Thank you" in many different languages

On this blog, I’ve made my position on thank-you notes after an interview very clear. However, I still read about people who don’t think it’s necessary or who don’t put the proper attention on this part of the job search process.

Consider, then, three job seekers with backgrounds in management. They all interviewed for a supervisor opening with Acme Company. All are relatively equal in terms of their experience and skills, and they each demonstrated strengths during the interview that would add value to the position and to the company.

The follow-up to the interview is where these three candidates differed the most. Let’s take a look:

Job seeker #1 sent a thank-you letter which read:

Dear Mr. Doe,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you more about the supervisor position. It was very interesting to learn about the day-to-day operations of the facility, and I enjoyed the tour that you provided.

The challenges that Acme Company faces regarding employee resistance to cross-training can be daunting. I faced a similar situation when I was the lead person with ABC Corporation, and working with the employees to increase their active involvement with the changes in production eased the implementation of cross-training practices. With experiences like this and my solid understanding of lean manufacturing, I am confident that I would be a good fit for this opportunity.

Again, thank you for taking time to talk with me about the supervisor opening at Acme Company. It would be an honor to work at a business with such a positive corporate culture and a dedicated workforce. If you have any further questions, I can be reached at 555.555.1234 or at


Job Seeker #1

Job seeker #2 also sent a thank-you note, and it read:

Dear Johnny,

Thanks for the interview for the supervisor position with Smith + Co. My education and work experiences would make me the idel candidate for this opening. I especially feel that my attention too detail would be an asset.

I think I would like working at your company, and that you would be glad to have me as an employee. I look forward to hearing from you.

Job Seeker #2

Job seeker #3 didn’t send any sort of thank-you note at all.

I realize I made it obvious, but what do you think? Do thank-you notes matter?

If you were making the hiring decision, which candidate would you select?

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