Want to be remembered as a candidate? Say Thank You!

Seriously.  Your resume will impress, your in person interview may knock their socks off. But the candidate that crafts a well written thank you? They will be the one to leap ahead.

We recently had a situation in my office where we had 6 very strong candidates go into a first round interview situation.  On paper – it’s a hard choice.  We all know in person interviews make a difference and that knocked out a couple.  But, one candidate pulled ahead with a simple act.

A well written thank you note.

The mom in me was pleased.  I do battle all the time with the kiddos on writing thank you notes.  For gifts, it’s a no brainer.  But now, with so many events, plays, recitals….I make them do the thank you notes for those too.  We just had family from Connecticut, Florida and South Carolina travel to Maryland to see our senior’s “last show”.  That deserves a huge thank you.  And she wrote them without question.

Back to our candidate.  This candidate did not just drop a line to the in person interviewer.  This candidate thanked the in person interviewer (aka our client), our recruiter….and then thanked me for creating the introduction…the sourcer got a thank you!  All hand written thank you notes.  All probably took  just a few minutes to draft and mail.  And oddly enough, when I got the candidate’s hand written thank you note, I remembered the same candidate had followed up with an email thank you.

Because the candidate did such a well written note, and remembered each one of us, they are a standout.  I don’t know how the rest of the process will shake out, but if for some reason this candidate doesn’t get the job? They will be on the top of my list for the next opportunity.  They’re a class act as my boss would say.

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Kelly Dingee
Kelly Dingee is a Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition for Marriott International. She has extensive sourcing experience having worked for Staffing Advisors (retained search), AIRS (training!) and Thales Communications, Inc., (cleared/telecom) and got her start in the profession while a full life cycle recruiter at Acterna (now known as Viavi). Lucky for Kelly, she had a boss who could see the potential of sourcing candidates from the web, and in 1998, she stepped into a newly created sourcing role. No truth to the rumor that she has a side business to help you push your resume to the top of Google search results…


  1. Stephanie says:

    I recently had someone mention to me that they didn’t hire someone because they didn’t bother with this step.

  2. Tommy says:

    In the end we want to be around people who make us feel good. It is usually the little things that some people do, but most others don’t that brightens up our day. We instinctively know that chances are they will make others feel good when they meet them and so we are more likely to want that person to represent us. Also, because it is unusual, that last 1% is what clinches it. To use a common basketball saying “they just made one more play than we did (to win the game).”

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