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Cultural or unprofessional?

I have been interviewing for various management positions for our organization (The Hepatitis Fund). I've come across a few promising prospects after initial interview by Zoom. I decided against advancing them to next steps as they never bothered to write a quick note of acknowledgement after the initial interview, which I consider basic professional courtesy. Am I being demanding or is this a cultural thing? I know some of the applicants had applied b/c they had to in order to show the Employment Office that they are searching. Or is this a Swiss way of being reserved and not wanting to appear too eager? Nevertheless, I found such behaviour unacceptable.
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

LOL, you let good candidates go because they didn't send you a note?
You really must be flooded with perfect candidates that love to work for your organization, if you can get away with that.
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

In Switzerland, I all but once wrote a note after an interview. And that was, because I needed to clarify something, so I naturally started it by thanking them. But otherwise, after the interview, the ball is in your court, not in theirs IMO. So to answer your question in the title: Cultural.
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

As if finding a job wasn't stressful enough already, this seems to just be creating extra hoops to jump through without anyone telling you that they're there.

Seriously, where are you from that you'd expect that sort of behaviour? I'd consider it highly inappropriate to contact the interviewer in that way.
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I have been interviewing for various management positions for our organization (The Hepatitis Fund). I've come across a few promising prospects after initial interview by Zoom. I decided against advancing them to next steps as they never bothered to write a quick note of acknowledgement after the initial interview, which I consider basic professional courtesy. Am I being demanding or is this a cultural thing? I know some of the applicants had applied b/c they had to in order to show the Employment Office that they are searching. Or is this a Swiss way of being reserved and not wanting to appear too eager? Nevertheless, I found such behaviour unacceptable.
Interesting to see this thread as I recently only discovered that this was a thing, as a friend of mine wrote one to an interviewer based in the USA as she had read it was appreciated and expected there. Before they told me about it I had never seen it done in the UK or Switzerland and it had certainly never stopped me from getting any jobs. Where are you from that this is standard practise, is it in the USA?

To say it is "unacceptable behaviour" that people did not do something that is not cultural to them, and to then stop them from progressing in a role they may have been very suited to, is a bad reflection on you... I hope you are aware of that. The fact that multiple "promising" candidates did not do it should have given you insight that it is potentially not standard practise and that should have in turn reduced the illogical and somewhat petty bias you set against them.

Seems to me like you cut your nose off to spite your face.

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I have been interviewing for various management positions for our organization (The Hepatitis Fund). I've come across a few promising prospects after initial interview by Zoom. I decided against advancing them to next steps as they never bothered to write a quick note of acknowledgement after the initial interview, which I consider basic professional courtesy. Am I being demanding or is this a cultural thing? I know some of the applicants had applied b/c they had to in order to show the Employment Office that they are searching. Or is this a Swiss way of being reserved and not wanting to appear too eager? Nevertheless, I found such behaviour unacceptable.
One important thing to consider is that people looking for work are quite probably applying to 5 other positions at the same time and have been already rejected 20-30 times. No one can take the risk of putting all their efforts on a single application only to be professionally dismissed a few days later. It's neither efficient nor emotionally healthy. So, don't take it personal, be professional and get down to business as quick as possible.
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

And this is why I walked away from non-profit to the corporate world. They are filled with the same entitled knobheads as anywhere else...there is more competition for jobs with unrealistic credential expectations, all for a lesser wage.

Now these people who genuinely want to have a career with purpose, are tossed aside because they didn't write you a thank-you note after giving up their free time in an attempt to work for your company. Brilliant...please try to crawl out of that entitled bubble you've put yourself in.
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

On a second thought, there's a situation where thank you notes apply. I remember living under the umbrella of my parents and working for the people they know. In that case a thank you note makes sense since my dad basically got me the job and the least I could do is say thank you, friend of my father. Well...this has a name: nepotism.
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And this is why I walked away from non-profit to the corporate world. They are filled with the same entitled knobheads as anywhere else...there is more competition for jobs with unrealistic credential expectations, all for a lesser wage.

Now these people who genuinely want to have a career with purpose, are tossed aside because they didn't write you a thank-you note after giving up their free time in an attempt to work for your company. Brilliant...please try to crawl out of that entitled bubble you've put yourself in.
reminds me of this written about people who work at charities: https://indeedably.com/uncharitable/

essentially, they're useless idiots and it's good the charity exists to keep them out of the way.
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

It appears that you want to hire people that have learned how to manage the interview process well. That can be a mistake.
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

Seriously? I have never once written a note after an interview. I wasnít aware it was required. To me, Iíd feel like I was arse kissing if I did that! Maybe thatís what you want?
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

You expect people to write note of acknowledgement after their interview? You can wait for ever, that's not done here.
It's in fact the potential employer who makes the next step: Either to thank for the meeting and let the person know they're in closer selection or the thank you, no thank you letter. If you provide neither of that you might get a follow up phone-call as it is considered common decency for the potential employer to utter a verdict.

You obviously enjoying the "employer-times" we're in at the moment.

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You expect people to write note of acknowledgement after their interview? You can wait for ever, that's not done here.
Not to defend the OP in any way, but it is common to send a thank-you note after job interviews in the US. Although I noticed he or she writes in British English, I do not know if it is done in the UK...

Perhaps OP should have inquired upon common practices in their new country before they declined good candidates, but then again...most people applying for jobs are only doing so to "show the employment office" right? Ughhhh
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

I might be one of the few on the other side of this. I've written a short email after interviews along the lines of "thanks for your time, if you've any other questions or require more information please let me know".

I've done it in the vein of thought that showing appreciation for their time might be slightly beneficial and reminds them that you exist. Didn't know it was expected by some.
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I wonder how the OP rejected the candidates. I hope it was not by system-generated email
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Not to defend the OP in any way, but it is common to send a thank-you note after job interviews in the US. Although I noticed he or she writes in British English, I do not know if it is done in the UK...
Nope, itís not a thing in the UK and I never did it.

I asked my friend in the UK who works in HR in case things have changed since I was applying for jobs there and she said itís definitely not the norm and not expected but some candidates do do it.
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Re: Cultural or unprofessional?

Nope, not a thing in Switzerland - you would be seen as too desperate.



As others have said, the potential employee has used their valuable time and effort to apply and come to an interview. You are the one who is looking for staff to serve your company. You are the one who should follow up, quite efficiently with a 'yes or no' reply.


I'm sitting right now on a job offer where the potential employer has advertised several times over the past couple of months, but took weeks (6) to reply to my email enquiring about the job.



If their front office is that disorganised, I would not want to work for their back office...
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Perhaps OP should have inquired upon common practices in their new country ....
Yes. Like not naming one's employer on a fully public forum.
OP, in Switzerland, discretion and respect for privacy are highly valued.
If you are for real, and not just a troll, perhaps you could ask a mod to remove the personal/professional info from your post.
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Am I being demanding ...?
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... is this [a candidate not writing a thank you note after an interview] a cultural thing?
Yes and no: no, in this culture it is not usual, and yes, you have a cultural gap.

By the way, OP, have you found anyone, yet, who wanted the job?
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I have been interviewing for various management positions for our organization (The Hepatitis Fund). I've come across a few promising prospects after initial interview by Zoom. I decided against advancing them to next steps as they never bothered to write a quick note of acknowledgement after the initial interview, which I consider basic professional courtesy. Am I being demanding or is this a cultural thing? I know some of the applicants had applied b/c they had to in order to show the Employment Office that they are searching. Or is this a Swiss way of being reserved and not wanting to appear too eager? Nevertheless, I found such behaviour unacceptable.
was there not some basic social niceties at the end of the Zoom call from both sides? That usually covers it, I rarely send flowers after a meeting.
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