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Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:58 pm

What's the consensus on thank you notes after a callback interview??

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Raiden » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:11 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What's the consensus on thank you notes after a callback interview??


Some folks say that it's plays a major role, other folks say that if its not from physical mail it hurts the application. It's really hard say. But if you really connected with a partner during an interview and want to sincerely thank them for their time and meeting them, then by all means.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby SFSpartan » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:13 pm

This has been debated heavily on TLS. Some people think it helps, some people view it as unnecessary and possibly harmful. The search function can give you insight here.

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Postby RaceJudicata » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:40 pm

Here we go!!!

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby mjb447 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:44 pm

Thank you note threads during callback season are TLS's swallows returning to Capistrano.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby zhenders » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:36 pm

mjb447 wrote:Thank you note threads during callback season are TLS's swallows returning to Capistrano.


Comment best when read in Dr. Frazier Crane's radio voice.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby PeanutsNJam » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:27 pm

Obligatory: A thank you email/letter will never make you go from a "no" to a "yes"--only from a "yes/maybe" to a "no."

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby sublime » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:50 pm

I don't really have a position but I could see a thoughtful one getting me from a maybe to a yes, personally.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby foregetaboutdre » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:09 pm

From someone who did thank you notes in a regional market last year (because I'm neurotic), I would say don't fucking do them. The one time you make a grammar error (which you will) you will absolutely feel like shit and in the scheme of things "good" TYs don't matter. Imagine thinking about not putting a period after a sentence for ~8hours. Not fun.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:29 am

My firm had a "how to conduct callback interviews" training for junior associates last week. Our recruiting staff could not have been more dismissive of the importance of thank you notes. For whatever that's worth.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby 1styearlateral » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:19 am

This forum's search function is great for finding the answer to this question.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Vincent Adultman » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:37 am

Time is a flat thank you note.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:16 pm

please, for the love of god, do not do it; people see right through that type of stuff.

if will not affect your odds of getting hired, and, if anything, could just make them worse.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Porkypots » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:10 pm

does the "do not send a thank you note" opinion also extend to small firms?

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:01 pm

I think it depends.

If you are just going through the motions and sending a template "It was a pleasure to meet you today. Thank you for your time. I look forward to hear from you soon. /s/" etc then I don't see it making any meaningful difference and can come off fake. But if you do it tactfully (e.g. bringing up a common experience you had with the interviewer that you bonded over, great advice or insight the interviewer imparted, whatever) or follow-up with a reference/writing sample/transcript etc that they requested during the interview, I think it can reinforce a good rapport. I cannot count the number of times a firm asked for the standard resume/cover letter before the interview and then the transcript to be sent after the interview. So as a tangental issue, never even think about inflating the GPA even a little on the resume. I think the sequencing there is very intentional.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Vincent Adultman » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:18 am

I just received a thank you email thirty seconds after I submitted my interview evaluation. Lucky for this person because the thank you email is formulaic and bad.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby lavarman84 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:21 am

Porkypots wrote:does the "do not send a thank you note" opinion also extend to small firms?


I'd lean towards it not extending to small firms, but it likely depends on the market.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:05 pm

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby fxb3 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:02 pm

They aren't necessary. Everyone on here always says that they "could" hurt you, but honestly that's only true if you're a real moron about it (e.g. saying something vulgar, gross typos, saying the wrong firm name in an obvious cut-and-paste). My view is they neither help nor hurt.

If you're fretting about not sending one because mommy taught you to always send thank you notes, send an email. Just be human about it (I always chuckle when I have a nice, casual conversation with someone roughly my age mostly about sports and hobbies and get a stilted, "Dear Mr. FXB3, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time out of your busy day" email, but even that doesn't hurt them).

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:40 pm

I write up my evaluation of a candidate immediately after interviewing them so it would have no bearing on me. Also, they are incredibly rare to receive these days.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby KijiStewart » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:19 pm

What about a thank you e-mail to a screener interviewer that I connected well with.

Can that hurt?

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby PeanutsNJam » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:23 pm

KijiStewart wrote:What about a thank you e-mail to a screener interviewer that I connected well with.

Can that hurt?


Yes, it can hurt, and it cannot help.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby sublime » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:34 pm

PeanutsNJam wrote:
KijiStewart wrote:What about a thank you e-mail to a screener interviewer that I connected well with.

Can that hurt?


Yes, it can hurt, and it cannot help.


It can help, although I still wouldn't recommend them.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby KijiStewart » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:34 pm

sublime wrote:
PeanutsNJam wrote:
KijiStewart wrote:What about a thank you e-mail to a screener interviewer that I connected well with.

Can that hurt?


Yes, it can hurt, and it cannot help.


It can help, although I still wouldn't recommend them.


To the extent it can help, should it be e-mail or handwritten note.

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Re: Thank you Notes - Requirement?

Postby sublime » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:40 pm

KijiStewart wrote:
sublime wrote:
PeanutsNJam wrote:
KijiStewart wrote:What about a thank you e-mail to a screener interviewer that I connected well with.

Can that hurt?


Yes, it can hurt, and it cannot help.


It can help, although I still wouldn't recommend them.


To the extent it can help, should it be e-mail or handwritten note.


I'm ny biglaw, and a well written, thoughtful thank you note could get me from maybe to yes, but the practical problem with handwritten notes is that my evaluation will be in before I get a handwritten note.

And depending on work, it may be too late for an email thank you note too.

Honestly, for me, generic thank you notes are not worth it. Ones that thoughtfully address what we talked about may be helpful. This is my personal opinion as an interviewer though.



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