Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

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Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:10 pm

I feel like my acceptance/rejection is more or less sealed no matter what I do. I just want to make sure not sending anything is not a faux pas. I've been told sending an email to one or more interviewers can be nice if personalized. But that's it.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby luthersloan » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:16 pm

It is totally cool, at NYU we had a panel of hiring partners and to a man they said don't send thank you notes. Don't worry about it man.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:34 am

Anonymous User wrote:I feel like my acceptance/rejection is more or less sealed no matter what I do. I just want to make sure not sending anything is not a faux pas. I've been told sending an email to one or more interviewers can be nice if personalized. But that's it.


Seriously? Why would you not want to thank someone for their time? I would definitely personalize the thank yous and I don't think you have to send them to everyone -- but definitely the recruiter and probably the partner you interviewed with. How would sending a thank you ever leave a BAD impression? I've gotten a lot of positive responses from thank you notes I've sent, and I've gotten three offers so far, so I hardly see how it can hurt you. Good manners are always appreciated.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:37 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I feel like my acceptance/rejection is more or less sealed no matter what I do. I just want to make sure not sending anything is not a faux pas. I've been told sending an email to one or more interviewers can be nice if personalized. But that's it.


Seriously? Why would you not want to thank someone for their time? I would definitely personalize the thank yous and I don't think you have to send them to everyone -- but definitely the recruiter and probably the partner you interviewed with. How would sending a thank you ever leave a BAD impression? I've gotten a lot of positive responses from thank you notes I've sent, and I've gotten three offers so far, so I hardly see how it can hurt you. Good manners are always appreciated.


Our CSO recommends against it. I never sent any, have done quite well.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:37 am

can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:39 am

Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:41 am

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Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


Yeah, an associate at one of my callbacks at a V15 told me nearly the exact same thing.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:41 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


and I got a nice email back from a partner that I interviewed with at a v5, which I then got an offer from.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:42 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


and I got a nice email back from a partner that I interviewed with at a v5, which I then got an offer from.


Wow, dude. It must have been your thank-you e-mail that sealed the deal!

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:43 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


hmm guess that refutes my point. But, if there are partners who don't like thank you notes, then i'm not sure they're the type of people i'd want to work with...

edit: or rather if there are partners who "hate" thank you notes
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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:43 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


Yeah, an associate at one of my callbacks at a V15 told me nearly the exact same thing.


You honestly think that a firm would not give you an offer because you sent a thank you note? That's stupid.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:44 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


and I got a nice email back from a partner that I interviewed with at a v5, which I then got an offer from.


Right. I'm not saying don't do it, I'm just saying it isn't necessarily true that it can't hurt. On the other hand, I don't think NOT thanking someone is likely to hurt you.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:44 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


and I got a nice email back from a partner that I interviewed with at a v5, which I then got an offer from.


Wow, dude. It must have been your thank-you e-mail that sealed the deal!


I was simply providing an alternative viewpoint.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:45 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


Yeah, an associate at one of my callbacks at a V15 told me nearly the exact same thing.


You honestly think that a firm would not give you an offer because you sent a thank you note? That's stupid.


Because that's exactly what I said!

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:47 am

Anonymous User wrote:I was simply providing an alternative viewpoint.


Alternative point of view to "some partners don't like thank-you emails" = "some dude replied to my e-mail and I got an offer at his firm!" ?

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:47 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


hmm guess that refutes my point. But, if there are partners who don't like thank you notes, then i'm not sure they're the type of people i'd want to work with...

edit: or rather if there are partners who "hate" thank you notes


The particular partner I was warned about was friendly and personable, he apparently just thinks it is kind of obnoxious and a ridiculous waste of time to send thank you notes in this context. I don't think it speaks poorly of him or the firm's culture at all.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby 5ky » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:47 am

Anonymous User wrote:You honestly think that a firm would not give you an offer because you sent a thank you note? That's stupid.


It's likely just as stupid as the belief that sending a thank you note can get you an offer. That being said, I don't think it can hurt to send one, if it's perfect. That's a decently-sized if, however. One typo in 6-8 thank you notes likely results in a net negative for you.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:52 am

I got the impression with Texas firms I've been interviewing at, where ties matter a ton, and so does interest, because the same 10 students are interviewing everywhere, that thank you notes can mean a lot.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:57 am

Just a 2L here. If I'm ever interviewing someone in biglawl, I will ding anyone who doesn't send a TY note.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:59 am

Anonymous User wrote:Just a 2L here. If I'm ever interviewing someone in biglawl, I will ding anyone who doesn't send a TY note.


+1 except for the fact that I will ding anyone who does send one.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:59 am

The vast overwhelming majority of interviewers I spoke with at my firm this summer said thank you notes don't matter at all and the only people who said they DID matter were people who had received EXTREMELY personalized emails after MEMORABLE interviews.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby 5ky » Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:04 am

Anonymous User wrote:Just a 2L here. If I'm ever interviewing someone in biglawl, I will ding anyone who doesn't send a TY note.


I have this great image of you, as a Biglaw partner, ignoring your piles of work, staring at your Outlook, waiting for a thank you note.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby missinglink » Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:25 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: Good manners are always appreciated.


Anonymous User wrote:can't hurt, unless you're an idiot and mess up person's name, etc. stop being lazy


Not necessarily true. I was told by a recruiter at a callback that there were partners in the office who really hate getting thankyou notes, and that I should definitely not send them. That was only one firm, but it goes to show that not everyone wants or appreciates them.


hmm guess that refutes my point. But, if there are partners who don't like thank you notes, then i'm not sure they're the type of people i'd want to work with...

edit: or rather if there are partners who "hate" thank you notes


The particular partner I was warned about was friendly and personable, he apparently just thinks it is kind of obnoxious and a ridiculous waste of time to send thank you notes in this context. I don't think it speaks poorly of him or the firm's culture at all.

A ridiculous waste of time? It literally takes all of a couple minutes to write, and even less time than that to read.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:02 am

I got multiple offers from V10 firms and didn't send a single thank you post-callback. I only wrote to/called the partner who gave me the offer. Thank-yous are a waste of time unless you have something important to say.

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Re: Is it cool to NOT send a thank you email?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:46 am

Anonymous User wrote:I got multiple offers from V10 firms and didn't send a single thank you post-callback. I only wrote to/called the partner who gave me the offer. Thank-yous are a waste of time unless you have something important to say.

And a friend of mine send thank you notes to interviewers after screeners, and he has multiple V10 offers as well.

I'm not sure what either anecdotal account proves, except that it appears to not matter. Send them or don't send them.




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