Our program committee for ASTD got together at Carl’s house recently to discuss programs for the upcoming year. Carl is a consummate host who showered us with lively conversation and great food. We had a great time, and the next day I sent Carl a thank you note expressing my gratitude for his hard work.

A couple of days later, I was surprised to get the following email from Carl:

“Steve, Thanks to your mother for teaching you the fine art of thank you notes. Your’s was very much appreciated. It was work to cook but the thank you notes make it worthwhile.”

I don’t think I’ve ever received a thank you note for sending a thank you note. But Carl’s message underscored the value and importance of sending a written and genuine Thank You. It made an impression on Carl. It made him feel appreciated.

One of the easiest ways to make a positive impression with an interviewer is to follow up the interview with a written thank you note. Most job candidates ignore (or forget) this important step to make a positive and lasting impression.