Question: Is it ok to write a thank you letter even if you do not get the job?
That is a great question.
Simply put, a thank you note to anyone will never harm them.
Can you explain to me how someone could react negatively after receiving a sincere thanks? “This is an outrage! How dare this person to thank me!”.
I would encourage you to write a thank you note to an employer who didn’t hire you. Although you were not hired, the company still gave you an interview. That’s something to be thankful for.
In addition to being polite, this gesture may help you land a job at that company or another one.
Here’s a scenario to consider
In the end, another candidate beat you out of three candidates who were in contention for this position. During the first two weeks of employment, management realizes that the person they chose isn’t a good fit.
It is rare for a company to want to hire someone it has already rejected. By writing a thank you note, you’ve demonstrated that you’re not bitter or upset. Instead, you come across as gracious and professional.
So, instead of spending time and resources restarting the application process, the hiring manager phones you up and gives you a shot.
The more positivity you put out there, unsolicited, the more you’ll get in return. I truly believe that.
So, even if the chances of getting the job are slim, by sending a thank you note, you’re showing your true colors, and people don’t forget truly nice gestures.
What’s the worst that could happen?