I based most of my career as a job developer on one simple fact. If you were lucky enough to land an interview after sending out 3000 resumes, where you had an opportunity to make good eye contact, demonstrate a strong handshake, and even answer a few questions, you send the interviewer a thank you note.

 It was so simple I devised Mike’s law about it:

“If you didn’t want the job, don’t send a thank you note. “

I often wish that wasn’t the case. It involves too much forethought. You have to time it right. You don’t want to send in a thank you note too soon – especially if the interviewer tells you she is going to be interviewing for the rest of the week. You want to be strategic. You want to send a note after the interviews. That way she will remember you and not get you mixed up with your competition.

You want to compose it in such a way that appreciated the thought she put into the interview questions, and demonstrate how interested you are in the position. You also tell her that you’re anxious to continue the professional relationship you began in the hour-long session

In short, you want to suck up.

The trouble with the thank you note is that it’s all one sided. The only feedback you can get from the interviewer would be that you’re hired, or that you get a second interview.  Other than that, you hear nothing.

I’ve often thought that a telephone call to the interviewer would be a better way. It would be a chance to continue a good conversation that you had in the office. But I also subscribe to the idea that it would be a mistake – a taboo.

I had an interview with a person I liked who represented a company where I believed I would be a good fit, and a salary that interested me. I spent an entire week wishing I could phone her up to get a second chance to make an excellent impression. I had a whole encyclopedia of questions to ask and additions to make. Unfortunately the call came in the form of an email saying that they found their candidate.


Then along came Allison Doyle, the job search expert. She described exactly how to make a Thank You Telephone Call. The article is here: Now I have the ammunition to break that taboo, I’ve read the article, and now it’s time to compose the wording of my Thank You Telephone Call so I can make it as soon as she’s finished her final interview.

There is one thing the job seeker should remember before making that call. You need to cut through the nervousness and say words. It brings me back to my days in aerobics school.

When I was learning to be a fitness instructor. I knew that I would, at some point, have to lead the class through a gruelling session of sit-ups. If one is a participant in the class, all one has to do is go through the motions and moan and groan at the same time. The instructor, By contrast, has to continuously cue the class on safety, counts, and occasionally make some pithy comments about current events etc.

I was worried about whether I could pull it off without sounding like the Queen Mary pulling into port. I doubted that I would be able to tell the class how to position their legs without sounding like a beached whale.

That was one part of the class I had not rehearsed – talking and crunching.

On the day before my exam, I went to the gym and saw one of the instructors on a Stairmaster machine.

“Tracy,” I said. “How do you talk and do sit-ups at the same time?”

She smiled, and said, “Well (puff… puff …  puff) you have to (puff … puff … puff) be sure (puff … puff) you have something (puff) really important (puff) to say.”

This means that when it comes to the thank you interview, you need to make sure you cover all the bases, and perhaps develop some new ones. As soon as you finish your interview, you need to take notes. She made notes on you, now it’s your turn. Try to see whether there are different ways to answer questions and make comments.

Good luck on your post interview thank you call.

Mike Broderick WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he FOUND employment for people with physical disabilities.
He remains an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at  or at 604-464-4105
If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates .
Apparently 22% of companies in the Greater Vancouver area will be hiring within the next month. Get your resumes ready.



  1. energywriter Says:

    Interesting new concept – and you made it funny too. I’ll have to consider how to do this well.

  2. mikebroderick Says:

    Me too!

  3. Ronn Cutts Says:

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