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I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:08 am

Need some advice. I had a CB last friday at one of my top-choice firms. I called one of the interviewers and thanked her that following monday. However, I didn't call or send anything to the guys who interviewed me. They were all younger guys and we all seemed to have similar personalities, and I personally wouldn't want a thank-you note.

Did I make a huge mistake? Should I try to call them tomorrow and say sorry it took me a while to get back to you, or just say screw it?

Thanks.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Ty Webb » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:11 am

What kind of personality doesn't appreciate a thank you note? A 12-year old one?

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:16 am

one who thinks that "thank-yous" are kind of lame and, as someone put it in another thread, sycophantic.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Ty Webb » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:27 am

I find it interesting that you think there's a personality type that doesn't "want" those things. I find it more interesting that in 20 minutes, you immediately identified (with confidence) a bunch of lawyers as being that personality type.

People who don't appreciate thank you notes have likely never received a genuine one.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Sup Kid » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:28 am

Anonymous User wrote:Should I try to call them tomorrow and say sorry it took me a while to get back to you, or just say screw it.

Don't worry about it, thank you notes are not necessary (some people say they can only harm you), and those guys turned in their recommendations within an hour of you walking out the door anyways.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:30 am

point taken. but, do you think I should try to mitigate any damage?

and, by the personality I meant they were kind of bro-ish, if that means anything.

EDIT: thanks, Sup Kid.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby ndirish2010 » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:52 am

I don't appreciate thank you notes. They are actually really pointless. I never understood them. When you get something from someone, just say thank you and that is it. I seriously never understood the obsession with them, but I suppose they are good for the card stores.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:55 am

Anonymous User wrote:Need some advice. I had a CB last friday at one of my top-choice firms. I called one of the interviewers and thanked her that following monday. However, I didn't call or send anything to the guys who interviewed me. They were all younger guys and we all seemed to have similar personalities, and I personally wouldn't want a thank-you note.

Did I make a huge mistake? Should I try to call them tomorrow and say sorry it took me a while to get back to you, or just say screw it?

Thanks.

I had a similar concern a couple of weeks ago. Some of the people I met on this CB were in their mid-20s, and only 1-2 years out of school. I am in my mid-30s.

I have come to the conclusion that thank you letters are generally useless. The problem is that quite a few law students still think that they matter. Many of those from a couple of years ago are now the young 1-2 year associates with who you interviewed, and they probably still hold that belief. I also tend to think that when young people sit on the other side of the interview table for the first few times, their efforts at finding a job in law school are still fresh in their minds, and they tend to want to see all the things that they held paramount back in their OCI days. They spent hours writing customized cover letters and thank you notes back then, and thus now probably accord a disproportionate importance to those things as gauge of the applicant's diligence and seriousness of interest.

In the end, while I think that recruiters and older lawyers don't give a shite about thank you letters, younger associates very probably do.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Fark-o-vision » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:23 am

No idea about any of this, but I lol'ed at referring to those who take time to write a note saying "Had a good time, thanks for taking the time out of your life to interview with me" as "sycophantic."

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:50 am

OP here- thanks everyone for your input. Yes, personally I think grown men writing thank you letters to each other is kind of...lame. But, I do acknowledge that some people find value in thank yous.
It isn't like I ran out of the office giving everyone the finger. I was polite and cordial and sincerely thanked each person after the interviews. So, to clarify, I WANT to try and extend more gratitude because it seems like the standard thing to do. But, is it too late?

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby JusticeHarlan » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:52 am

Anonymous User wrote:and, by the personality I meant they were kind of bro-ish, if that means anything.

I read the OP and said to myself "$5 says this is Skadden."

Now I'm prepared to ante up $10.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:42 pm

I did not write thank you notes after my interview at a V15 firm CB early this week. I interviewed with 2 partners & 2 associates. I received an offer by telephone this afternoon.

Only an idiot would have "thank you notes" actually sway his/her hiring decision.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:44 pm

They already turned in their evaluations of you.

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Re: I didn't do thank-yous after my CB...

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:50 pm

3 offers from V50s. I didn't send a single thank you letter. A recruiter from one of the firms even said that we shouldn't feel pressured to write thank you notes, especially since we have to juggle multiple interviewers during callbacks. I doubt that thank you letters make much of a difference (if any), at least in NYC.




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