Posted on Jul 13, 2016
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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RP Members, Connections, and Civilian Recruiters how important is it to follow-up with a "thank you" letter or email following the face-to-face or telephone interview in today's job market?

We've heard a consensus that the Cover Letter isn't really needed today and that the Resume is the key document, as well as networking in today's job market.

Let's get some feedback on the "thank you" letter or email.
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Dan Heverin
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I believe a follow-up "thank you" email or letter goes a long way especially after a face-to-face interview. If you are writing them make sure you write one to each person to spoke with and note just the hiring manager. In the note mention what you all discussed or something that will help you stand out in their mind. Also make sure to indicate your excitement for the opportunity you interviewed for and how your talents can help/improve their organization, department, and/or team.
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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Good point, I often served on hiring teams in my civilian job. Three or four of us would interview candidates separately then get together, compare notes and make or recommend decision.
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PO2 Chief Executive Officer (Ceo)
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Having been on both sides of the interview process, I believe the "thank you" letter or email is just one more piece of information about the candidate's level of performance and principles.
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SPC Erich Guenther
SPC Erich Guenther
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Sometimes there isn't time. My last interview they made the hiring decision and told the Recruiter they would extend an offer even before I got the stamp on the Thank You note (lol). I still mailed it though. It also happens they do not leave any contact info beyond a phone number because they do not want additional correspondence. Ran into this as well.
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PO2 Chief Executive Officer (Ceo)
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Ahhhh yes, SPC Erich Guenther, there is the hardship of being not only highly sought after but truly blessed!!! Happy Thanksgiving.
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SPC Douglas Bolton
SPC Douglas Bolton
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Absolutely
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SCPO Morris Ramsey
SCPO Morris Ramsey
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At a minimum an email would be appropriate. If you have been texting with the recruiter prior to the interview; a thank you text to the recruiter is all a nice touch
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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I'm probably old school, but I say yes. If an individual has taken his/her time to meet with you they deserve to be thanked, if for nothing else, for their time. I always used small "Thank You" cards with a blank interior where I could be specific on something from the interview. Small size of card also helps get past mail room or gate keepers who will think its personal and not open/screen.
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen Nothing wrong with "old school" I'm right there with you John!
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CPL Eric Escasio
CPL Eric Escasio
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Sir its not old school in your ways, when its the proper thing to do it is the right thing to do. It worked well before and it should work just fine. I am also with you on your methods. Thank you for sharing.
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