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Job candidates these days have plenty to say about how they’ve been treated by recruiters, and much of what they say relates to the impersonal nature of the online search process. Recruiters are often inundated with resumes that have no relevance to the jobs they’re looking to fill. Candidates complain that they get interviews and are then left in the dark as to how to proceed. Has a hiring decision been made? Is the process over for some other reason? Or is the candidate still viable?

Here’s an interesting item that may be beneficial for both sides of the hiring equation. I learned at a recent professional conference that only 5% of candidates write a thank you letter or note after an interview . . . and 88% of recruiters respond that such a note would favorably influence a hiring decision.

Think of courtesy as part of your personal brand. What message are you sending if you neglect to show gratitude for the time an interviewer spends with you? And that is just as true for an informational interview!

Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC