You Can Never Be Too Thankful…Just Ask Mr. Collins

Tip # 6: Send a Thank You Note

So, hopefully, with the help of our previous 5 tips, your interview was a blazing success. All that remains is waiting for the inevitable call…the job offer, right?  Wrong!

Don’t let all of your research, hard work, and nervous energy come to naught. Don’t forget to send the requisite thank you note/thank you letter/thank you email.

But let’s say you aren’t feeling particularly thankful at this stage in the game. It doesn’t matter. You still need to go through the motions, and who better to model the correct attitude than our very own poster child for gratitude, Mr. Collins.

Here is a snippet from chapter 29 of Pride and Prejudice in which we are treated to one of many displays of appreciation that he bestows upon his benefactress:

When Lady Catherine and her daughter had played as long as they chose,the tables were broken up, the carriage was offered to Mrs. Collins, gratefully accepted and immediately ordered. The party then gathered round the fire to hear Lady Catherine determine what weather they were to have on the morrow. From these instructions they were summoned by the arrival of the coach; and with many speeches of thankfulness on Mr.Collins’s side and as many bows on Sir William’s they departed. As soon as they had driven from the door, Elizabeth was called on by her cousin to give her opinion of all that she had seen at Rosings, which, for Charlotte’s sake, she made more favourable than it really was. But her commendation, though costing her some trouble, could by no means satisfy Mr. Collins, and he was very soon obliged to take her ladyship’s praise into his own hands.

Need I say more? I think Mr. Collins in his many speeches probably said more than enough.

Bottom line: send a note on a plain, business-like thank you card, or a brief, business-like email, addressed it to the person who conducted the interview, thanking him or her for his or her time, saying it was a pleasure to meet him or her, and expressing your hope that the next time you meet it will be as colleagues (or something more or less to that effect).

Well, young grasshopper, my work here is done. You are now ready and able to go out and make your way in the world.

In a future post, I will be summing up our Jane Austen gleanings…and who knows, maybe I will be struck by a brain wave and have some more tips to add to our list at a future date. In the meantime, we’ll be switching gears and introducing someone you’re going to get to know pretty well.

Thanks for indulging my fancy!

 

 

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