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  • Thank you and/or reafirmation letter after written and physical?

    I'm thinking the answer to this question is no, it won't be beneficial.

    But... after taking the written (scored 84) and physical I am waiting/hoping I'll get an invite to the oral interview.

    Do you think it would be beneficial to write a very brief 2 sentence written letter to the recruiting Sgt. reaffirming my interest in the position?

    Maybe a quick thank you and look forward to the next step kind of letter. Of course it would be for the sole purpose of getting my name in front of his eyes again.
    Last edited by 469881Q; 09-03-2009, 07:27 AM. Reason: Typo

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    I think it's entirely likely that this will only serve to annoy them. I don't know how many people are in the process along with you, but at a larger agency if every applicant did this it would be a ton more work and agrivation for the recruiter. Just my thoughts.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by RDEP View Post
      I think it's entirely likely that this will only serve to annoy them. I don't know how many people are in the process along with you, but at a larger agency if every applicant did this it would be a ton more work and agrivation for the recruiter. Just my thoughts.
      Of those that passed, probably about 120 applicants for 2 open spots. So I'll need every advantage I can think of.

      I definitely don't want to annoy them though, that's for sure. Maybe I'll think about the letter after the oral interview should I get the chance to take it.

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        In civil service testing, that fact that you got a passing score in one portion of the testing process automatically qualifies you to move on to the next portion. If you didn't get a passing score, writing a thank you note will not get them to make an exception for you. If you did get a passing score, your are already moving to the next step so writing a note is pointless.

        Let me suggest that by writing a thank you letter, you will mark yourself as someone who either plays outside the rules, or who is too dumb to learn what the rules of the game are in the first place.

        Unlike private business, civil service hiring is based on your test scores and not on kissing ***. Writing thank you notes will not increase your test scores. If anything, writing thank you notes during the hiring process makes you look like a social climber rather than someone who wants to be judged on the merits of their work.
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        • #5
          Total agreement with my colleagues. Your writing a "Thank you" note , in all probabliity would have exactly the opposite impact from what you desired. Your next objective is to move forward in the process. If you fail to do that, all the notes in the world will have made no difference.

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          • #6
            Thank you, I appreciate all the replies and advice. Well, suffice to say I will not be writing any letter.

            I guess right now I'm a number, and I need to move on a few phases in the process to actually be considered a name.

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