October 31, 2017
A lawyer sent me a great thank you note after our informational interview. I’d like to send her a note praising her for it. Is that weird or should I let it go?
The thank you note is a must after every job interview. This requirement also holds true for informational interviews and any situation where another professional has given you his/her time or acted to your career benefit. Most thank yous are perfunctory – which is generally acceptable in today’s work world. As long as it arrives in a timely manner, with no typos or blathering diatribes, it will safely preserve your reputation as a candidate with proper follow through.
But occasionally, a professional will express his/her gratitude so thoughtfully and eloquently, the effort stands out. And inspires the recipient to offer praise for a refreshing approach. Is it weird or inappropriate to do so?
Going the extra mile as a professional isn’t an everyday occurrence – especially when it comes to the little things like writing a thank you note. So if you are impressed by this lawyer’s prose, I encourage you to communicate that sentiment. The feedback will be supportive, encouraging and make him/her feel good about the thoughtfulness. And will reinforce that the special effort is valued. It will make you feel good too.
So what can you say to convey your message appropriately? Below are a few options:
“Allison, it was great meeting you on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. I received your thank you note and wanted you to know how impressed I was by the thought and effort you put into it. It was refreshing to read. Keep up the good work! Best, Sandy”
“Hi Henry, can a person send a thank you for a thank you? ☺ I just received your note and was inspired by your authenticity and thoughtful compliments. Thank you for making the effort to write it. It was a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to keeping in touch. Regards, Kelli”
“Jack, What a great thank you note. You really put some thought into it – which reflects the quality of your character. Please keep me apprised of your job search and let me know if there is anything else I can do to help. Best, Richard”
When a professional goes outside the norm…in a good way, it’s commendable. And while it isn’t common to praise someone for a good thank you note, there’s nothing weird or inappropriate with recognizing him/her for a job well done. So don’t be afraid to go outside your norm…in a good way, and express your own appreciation for a job well done.