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re: I love this post! In my experience, I have found this to be one of the most important parts of the interview when I was interviewing for a position...

I'm blown away by this comment!!!

First, thank you for providing a great example. It's true, people shouldn't stop here. They should be incredibly thoughtful when not only asking questions during their interview, but also in their initial emails/cover letters. In the same way we don't love getting recruiter emails that look like:

Hi Lynne,
Would you like to discuss an exciting Frontend Engineer opportunity with a World Class company in San Francisco, CA? If so, please let me know so I can send you the name of the company as well as the job description to see if it would be a good fit for you.

(^ this is an email I actually got btw, copy pasted)

It's a two-way street, the whole way through. Personalized emails, personalized questions, everything should be personalized and demonstrate that you've both taken the time to do your research and be thoughtful.

Second, thanks for your incredibly kind words John! I'm honored. ❤️🙌


I could not have said it better. You're so right, impersonalized recruiter emails are a perfect parallel. My favorite is when they forget to take out their boilerplate in the response. This is an actual one I received recently as well:

This is Sharmilee from , we are looking to hire entry level software developer, if you’re interested please get back to me with your contact number and mailid.
Thank You.

You're very welcome, Ms. Tye. Thank you for taking the time in writing such a thoughtful and valuable post!

Nooooo 🙈 Why though??

At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel valued, heard, and appreciated. It doesn't matter what it is or who it's with, we all want to feel valued by our romantic partners, friends, family members, interviewers, coworkers, managers, and shoot –– even our pets! Employers and hiring managers are no different!

Anyway, thank you again, John. And know that I appreciate you!! 😍🙌

Just found out this incredibly useful post along with Keyvalues, Thank you Lynne :-)

I agree with the impersonalized recruiter emails point John mentioned and believe with the advent of LinkedIn for information and HRM software for recruiters nowadays, researching a candidate to send a fairly customized email should be less exhaustive.

If a person realizes that they've been approached like the only one for a particular role (momentarily ignoring the fact there actually are multiple candidates), it will result in a higher response rate for the recruiters.

Thanks Vinay! And you're very right –– we all just want to feel special!

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