How to Say Thank You During a Job Search

As it is Thanksgiving, many Americans are reflecting on little ways that they can express how thankful they are. While you might say thank you after being passed your first slice of pumpkin pie, it’s often all too easy to forget the weight of those two words when they’re put together. A simple thank you has more power than we often give it credit for…and there are a million ways to show your gratitude.

The way you say thank you (or don’t) could make or break your chances with potential employers. This infographic from Careerleaf will provide you with everything you need to know about saying thank you during your job search.


  • DO send a handwritten note after the interview (91% of HR manages considered this very, or somewhat, helpful) and make sure you post it on the day of the interview.
  • DO connect through social media and DO send an email – 87% of HR managers agreed it is appropriate to send an email after an interview.
  • DO be creative with your thank you – online videos are 5.33 more effective than text.
  • DON’T send a thank you gift – this may be seen as bribery.
  • DON’T forget to say thank you – 22% of HR managers say they are less likely to hire a candidate who doesn’t say thank you after an interview.
  • DON’T show up at the office, DON’T send something too long and DON’T call the day after – these can all be off-putting or seen as aggressive.

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By Heather R. Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is a career expert and founder & president of Come Recommended, a career and workplace education and consulting firm specializing in young professionals.