In a recent article, Jessica Liebman, the executive managing editor of Insider Inc., wrote she has hired hundreds of people over the past 10 years abiding by one rule: If a candidate doesn’t write a thank-you email after an interview, that candidate doesn’t get hired.
For Liebman, the thank-you email is set up as a test that candidates do not know they have to complete. And such a rule can say more about a company than it does about you – and failing this invisible test can be a gift in the long run, since unclear expectations in the hiring process can foreshadow unclear expectations when you have the job.
And that drives us nuts: “Unclear expectations from supervisors” was the top stress employees of more than 2,000 respondents in a ComPsych survey when asked what was most stressful about change at work. Not knowing where you stood with your boss was considered more stressful than conflict from coworkers and uncertainty about the company’s future, according to participants in the survey.