Jessica Liebman thought she had a great idea. She thought it was so great she'd write a whole story about her advice and drop it on Twitter for other people to benefit from. The Global Managing Editor for Business Insider said that in her 10+ years as a hiring manager she stood by the advice not to hire someone who didn't send a thank you e-mail. It sounds innocent, doesn't it?
The thing is... Twitter did not agree. In fact, they went on to lay into her heavy ad hard, explaining what was inherently problematic about her concept and who it was hurting.
“How someone presents in interviews might not translate to effectiveness in the role. While sending a thank-you note doesn’t necessarily guarantee the person will be a good hire, it gives you the tiniest bit more data: The candidate is eager, organized, and well mannered enough to send the note. […]
It shows resourcefulness, too, because the candidate often has to hunt down an email address the interviewer never gave them. At Insider Inc., we look to hire “good eggs.” The thank-you email is a mark for the good-egg column.’”
“Seven years later, I stand by it.”
Has Liebman never heard of cultural bias? Apparently not.