Internet LIVID After Manager Reveals The One Hiring Requirement

Anyone looking for a job knows there’s a lot of pressure to make sure an interview goes just right, but apparently some hiring managers may be making a decision to hire you based on something else entirely.

Jessica Liebman, the executive managing editor of Insider Inc., shared in a recent article that in the past ten years of hiring she’s stuck to one rule in the hiring process, noting that no matter how good a person’s interview may be, and how perfect they may be for a job, if they don’t send her a thank you note after an interview, she doesn’t even consider them for a position. She said abiding by this one rule helped her find which candidates were “good eggs,” since it showed “the candidate is eager, organized, and well mannered enough to send the note.”

Well many folks were shocked by the admission, with more than 3,000 people replying on Twitter, with most blasting her for the rule. Many suggested it was an arbitrary condition of employment, which had nothing to do with a person’s qualifications, while others suggested it represents a narrow bias of the hiring manager, with one person noting, “This is a real good way to build a workforce of mostly people privileged enough to grow up with the same norms.”

  • Others believed the rule stifles diversity, since sending a note is a learned social behavior, which not all cultures are trained to do. As one hiring manager shared, “it'll discriminate against candidates from backgrounds where they don't get this kind of job search training, which has nothing to do with skills & ability to excel on the job,” adding, “I like thank-you notes but making them a requirement is a terrible practice.”

Check out some of the reactions to the article below:

Jessica Liebman@jessicaliebman
Hey, I wrote something! … I’ve been hiring people for 10 years, and I still swear by a simple rule: If someone doesn’t send a thank you email, don’t hire them. https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-write-thank-you-email-after-job-interview-2019-4 …
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7:39 AM - Apr 5, 2019
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An executive managing editor who has hired hundreds of people believes candidates who send thank you emails show they want the job.
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Petty Mayonnaise@ConstantFail
Replying to @jessicaliebman
Anyone who treats a prospective employee like a child instead of a potential peer isn’t worth working for in the first place. I send followup emails to thank the interviewer for their time, but as soon as you make it required you turn a kind courtesy into a petty demand.
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6:25 PM - Apr 6, 2019
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Peter Hess@PeterNHess
When I applied for a job at Business Insider, they had me do a 4-hour unpaid writing test and ignored my multiple follow-up emails. Maybe it’s not really fair to focus on whether your applicants are meeting an arbitrary standard of politeness?
Jessica Liebman@jessicaliebman
Hey, I wrote something! … I’ve been hiring people for 10 years, and I still swear by a simple rule: If someone doesn’t send a thank you email, don’t hire them. https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-write-thank-you-email-after-job-interview-2019-4 …
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7:31 PM - Apr 6, 2019
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erin mccann | Subscribe to NYT✔@mccanner
This is a real good way to build a workforce of mostly people privileged enough to grow up with the same norms
Jessica Liebman@jessicaliebman
Hey, I wrote something! … I’ve been hiring people for 10 years, and I still swear by a simple rule: If someone doesn’t send a thank you email, don’t hire them. https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-write-thank-you-email-after-job-interview-2019-4 …
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erin mccann | Subscribe to NYT✔@mccanner
Replying to @mccanner
You should be able to tell if someone is a "good egg" by interviewing them and talking to them about their work, not by whether they adhere to your specific and arbitrary rule https://twitter.com/jessicaliebman/status/1114160523581501440?s=21 …
Jessica Liebman@jessicaliebman
Hey, I wrote something! … I’ve been hiring people for 10 years, and I still swear by a simple rule: If someone doesn’t send a thank you email, don’t hire them. https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-write-thank-you-email-after-job-interview-2019-4 …
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Adriana Lacy@Adriana_Lacy
lol this industry is more worried about thank you notes instead of diversifying their companies and they stay telling on themselves
Jessica Liebman@jessicaliebman
Hey, I wrote something! … I’ve been hiring people for 10 years, and I still swear by a simple rule: If someone doesn’t send a thank you email, don’t hire them. https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-write-thank-you-email-after-job-interview-2019-4 …
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9:21 PM - Apr 6, 2019·Redondo Beach, CA
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Steadman™✔@AsteadWesley
A good example of how institutions create litmus tests that have nothing to job with the job being applied for, but nevertheless disqualify those who don't have a very specific type of cultural job training
Jessica Liebman@jessicaliebman
Hey, I wrote something! … I’ve been hiring people for 10 years, and I still swear by a simple rule: If someone doesn’t send a thank you email, don’t hire them. https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-write-thank-you-email-after-job-interview-2019-4 …
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6:42 AM - Apr 7, 2019
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Simon Rippon@SmnRppn
Replying to @jessicaliebman @hblodget
Sorry but I don't "like" articles unless the author thanks me for reading them at the end of the piece. If they don't do that, they probably don't want me to read them anyway, and they might not be a "good egg".
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9:00 AM - Apr 5, 2019
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I'm not sure@newsturbater
Replying to @HoarseWisperer @jessicaliebman
Since we're so concerned about Emily Post manners in the hiring process, I wonder if the author sends a personal note, or any communication at all, to the people she decides not to hire after a long and frustrating application and interview process.
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3:02 PM - Apr 6, 2019
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Scott Hanselman✔@shanselman
Replying to @jessicaliebman
This is an arbitrary bit of gatekeeping that is both culture- and generation-specific. In doing this you’re also gong to skew results to people who act and think like you, thereby decreasing intellectual diversity on the team. A thank you is classy, but not a disqualifier.
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5:17 PM - Apr 6, 2019
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