As I coached an executive level client on interview strategies, we talked about thank you notes. I try to cover sending thank yous with all clients but the thank you for the “NO” is one more step.
What is Thank you for the NO?
This may have you baffled. Usually when I mention this to my clients, they are a bit confused. It isn’t a common concept but it is very basic. In all stages of the job search process, you should send thank you letters to those who impact your job search. There will be times when you do get the rejection letter, email, or call. After graciously accepting a rejection call, you still can send the thank you for the NO.
The thank you for the No acknowledges that though you were not chosen, you still appreciated the interview and their consideration in the process. You thank them for their interest and state you are interested in the company and would like to be considered for future opportunities. You restate your value to the company and the position.
Why send the thank you for the NO?
- The first candidate may bow out. The company offered the job to someone else and had an initial yes but things change. A hard to sell house, a reluctant spouse, or another preferred offer could change their yes into a no and the company will be looking again.
- The person hired may not work out. You never know when things can change. A company hires someone with the perfect credentials but once on the job, things change. The candidate talked a better talk than you did in the interview but he didn’t deliver.
- You may make such a great impression that they hire you for another position that needs similar attributes but was not the one you interviewed for originally.
- You make such a great impression that they create a position for you to fill.
The extra effort of the “thank you for the no” is something all job seekers should consider but if you target high level positions and know you came in second or third, this is mandatory!
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