Most articles written about job interviews or job search tips recommend writing a thank-you note after you meet with your interviewer. It’s just one of those extra steps you can take to make sure the hiring manager remembers your name.

But can writing a thank-you note after a job interview ever be a bad thing?

Mashable recently listed instances when a thank-you letter can actually hurt, instead of help, your chances of being hired. Here are some of those scenarios:

There are Typos

Just like with your resume and cover letter, you must proofread your thank-you note to make sure there are no typos. This is one of the quickest way to get yourself put in the “do not hire” pile. Before you take pen to paper, write out on scrap paper what you will say in your thank-you note.

You Took Too Long to Write It

In order to keep your name on the forefront of the HR department’s radar, you should write and send that thank-you note as soon as possible. Anything past 3 days, may be too late.

It’s Not Personal

If you use a thank-you note template for every person you interview with, they will know. Trust us. Hiring managers read thank-you notes all of the time and reading the same old generic note, will not help them remember you as anyone special. Either write a personal note or don’t bother.

For more job search and interview tips, remember that a professional staffing agency is always a great resource. If you’re in Dallas-Fort Worth and looking for an IT job, a team member from Maxsys Solutions can help you today.

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