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1/26/11

Is it a bad sign if an interviewer doesn't respond to your thank you note? I've been doing interviews through on-campus recruiting and some of them respond warmly while others don't bother to respond at all. Does it generally mean they didn't like you if they don't respond?

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1/26/11

No it's not a bad sign, typically they don't have a lot of free time to respond. They have typically already made a decision on you before you even send the thank you note as well. If they do respond to you then it's a nice gesture on their part but not the norm...

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1/26/11

From my experience I can say that typically they don't.

1/26/11

They usually don't. Don't worry.

1/26/11

More times then not they have not responded to me. Occasionally I do get something back

1/26/11

I've received responses from thank you emails at firms where I didn't receive an offer, but I've also had no response from firms where I did get an offer. Definitely not an indication at all.

1/26/11

I've never had a response...

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1/26/11

I've had a couple. Almost all from salespeople and other folks with incredibly social personalities.

A response might be a good sign but the lack of a response is not a bad sign. Interviewers hardly ever respond to thank-yous.

1/26/11

Heard back with positive news! Phew.

1/27/11

Heard back from the thank you note or heard back in general?

Anyway, to continue this thread, I, too, have received responses from jobs I've gotten and no responses from jobs I have gotten--and yet EACH time I stress out about not getting a reply. Haha. Human nature, eh?

1/28/11
Virginia Tech 4ever:

Heard back from the thank you note or heard back in general?

Heard back in general - with good news, to boot! So looks like lack of Thank You notes isnt a huge indicator of anything after all :)

1/27/11

Congratz.

1/28/11

On the other hand, I've also received a response without getting an offer.

1/28/11

Congratulations

1/28/11

by the time you have time to compose a thank you note, they will have already made up their minds. As long as you don't write something dumb on the note, it doesn't affect any results

1/28/11

Depending on who the individual is and how senior he or she is will infer different implications. To me, "Best of Luck" is not a good sign but doesn't necessarily mean that you should write it off. When were the interviews?

1/28/11
Wannabeabanker:

Depending on who the individual is and how senior he or she is will infer different implications. To me, "Best of Luck" is not a good sign but doesn't necessarily mean that you should write it off. When were the interviews?

the interviews were on friday. one firm's interviewer gave me the "best of luck" response.

i just got another response from the other firm saying that i seem like a really hard worker and she told me i will be very successful in the future and said if i have any questions dont hesitate to contact her. i think i read too much into this.....i am supposed to get the calls to see if I got the offer or not today or tomorrow so I will keep you posted.

1/28/11

I remember interviewing at a superday and getting a "Best of Luck" from a prick that I interviewed with. I knew when he said it, from the way he said it, that I had been axed. I also got "Good Luck" from several people at the firm who extended me an offer... Sometimes you can tell but if there wasn't a distinct feeling from some prick interviewer than don't worry too much about. Let us know.

1/28/11

i didn't get any reply from my thank you notes to VP and ED interviewers, but got the offer. don't really think reply/noreply means much

1/28/11

It depends. I got a response from an interviewer telling me that he was "looking forward to the possibility" of me being his colleague only to get a rejection letter a week and a half later. The higher ups from the firm that I'm working for this summer responded with the whole "best of luck" thing and I wound up with the job.

Dissecting thank-you notes is tricky business. Not worth your time or effort.

1/28/11
quaker9:

Dissecting thank-you notes is tricky business. Not worth your time or effort.

Agreed.

I don't think there's a causal relationship there.

1/28/11

When I've got "good luck" replies I've been dinged, when I got no replies I got the job haha

1/28/11

on the flipside, when i didn't write them a thank-you note i got the job and when i did i got dinged more often than not

that could just be me though

1/28/11

I dont think I ever got an offer from someone i received a response from. I never thought about that before. Funny.

1/28/11

Seems to be a waste of time. Every time I wrote a thank you email I got dinged. The places I didn't write thank you letters to...I got second rounds at.

HOWEVER, I find that "feedback" emails (i.e. any feedback from my interview) are helpful. That's actually how I ended up getting my summer internship.

1/28/11

i should hear back tomorrow. after my first round at the firm that gave me the "good" response, the interviewer emailed me back and said it was nice talking to you and if you have any q's please ask me, and i made it to the superday....

1/28/11

I only send thank you notes after I get the offer, or get dinged, just to keep in touch and build potential contacts. i don't think thank you e-mails make a different at all in terms of getting the job, but does make a difference in the long term.

1/28/11

So I got dinged from the "best of luck" one, and I still haven't heard back from the other one. Is it possible I was waitlisted if they were supposed to call me yesterday, or are is HR sometimes slow with that?

1/28/11

Doesn't matter IMHO.

I sent e-mails to both Citi Finance and Lehman Finance.

No responses either.

1 ding, 1 offer.

1/28/11

I just got this reply from a super day thank you note I just sent, not feeling too confident now haha

"Thanks for your note and for taking to time to speak with us."

1/28/11
SternMonkey:

I just got this reply from a super day thank you note I just sent, not feeling too confident now haha

"Thanks for your note and for taking to time to speak with us."

Uh oh - that doesn't sound too good. Anytime you hear doubt from their side, its generally not very good.

"We appreciate you taking the time to come out here..."
"We'll let you know in a week or so - either way..."

Of course, I've gotten mixed signals from interviewers - dings when I've had good notes, good things when I've heard bad feedback.

1/28/11

When did you get a response back? I sent them all thank you notes, no responses. Then again, we only had 2 of the same interviewers. Good luck Stern

1/28/11

I'll contact you on interoffice messenger

1/28/11

although he didn't respond at all to someone else who interviewed, so I have a little hope now...

1/28/11

No point in analyzing and decoding his message - nothing that you can do now but just sit back, wait, and hope for the best.

Good luck.

1/28/11

I've had thank you notes with "Thank you for taking the time to interview with us" and ended up getting the offer. Don't give up hope!

1/28/11

My interviewer invited me to add her to linkedin. 5000 applicants for 84 spots. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

1/28/11

i had a pretty good response to an email this past fall:

paraphrasing: "keep enjoying senior year, and don't forget to keep in touch with the people around here"

i got that job the next day, no big surprise! haha.

1/28/11

I got the "best of luck throughout the process" response to my thank you email and was one if not the first extended an offer from my superday. I don't think its a very good notation of whether you were dinged or not. I would say judge how your personality fit with the interviewers and how the other people in the superday fit in.

1/28/11

HR left me voicemail today, didn't get out of class in time to reach her. I'll find out tomorrow I guess, don't feel very confident though :-\

1/28/11

i got a "best of luck in the next steps of the selection" at the end of my response. have no idea what to make of that.

1/28/11

ya...rejected.

1/28/11

I already wrote this somewhere else, but i think it's important for you guys to read.

I think people way over emphasize the responses to notes. When i sent thank yous i got some no responses/some call me if I can help out/ some good luck stuff and I think it's just the person you interviewed with and their style.

Some may not want to give you false hope, others don't have time to write you an essay on your qualities and how much they loved speaking w/ you for 30 min because you know what they spoke with like 30 other people too. Soem people just aren't big e-mail people and express themselves differently in person or intentionally try to hide their opinion of you. Just worry about your performance and wait and see.

No point second guessing yourself based on an e-mail.

1/28/11

Seems pretty arbitrary to me but the only response I ever got led to an offer. It was something along the lines of "Pleasure speaking to you also, we've discussed amongst ourselves and have relayed our decision to HR". What sucks was I got that right before a holiday/long weekend so I didn't hear back from HR for almost a week.

1/28/11

don't worry too much about it
i have been getting the same rate of reply.. i think its just a rate of people who make a point to reply to every email they get.
unless you are someone they really liked and remembered, I don't think the rate is correlated with performance.

1/28/11

Two Things

First, usually by time I get a thank you note we have already made decisions regarding interviews and offers.

Second, very rarely do I respond to thank you emails. Basically, only if I really liked you or knew you in advance.

Don't worry about it.

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1/28/11

Generally you should not expect a reply, unless you asked a specific follow-up question. I had one person ever reply to me in my interviewing history. It was actually a very positive one, but I found out later from HR that I did not move on for that one.

1/28/11

Way to go PowerMonkey. At first I thought you were being nice to this guy, then I realized he was owned big time. made me laugh.

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1/28/11

I think that is PowerMonkey's signature, so no ownage, wsofan2009

1/28/11

wsofan2009, I'm glad you derive your entertainment from misinterpreting anonymous "ownage" on the internet. now go get a life.

1/28/11

Don't worry about not getting a reply. Probably depends more on whether or not the person was busy or killing time when your thank you hit their inbox.

1/28/11

i never replied to thank you notes and received replies less than 5 times and wasn't hired by any of those firms. so i wouldn't worry about it.

1/28/11

That's my sig. Although it does apply a lot more often than you might think on this site.

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1/28/11

hey guys i just wanted ur opinion on this: i had an interview this past week and one of the interviewers wrote back saying "it was a pleasure meeting you as well. x from hr should contact you shortly with the next steps" is this a positive sign? i know i maybe reading too much into it but waiting for that phone call is agonizing!

1/28/11

Sounds like they liked you? If it's a first round interview then I could see you making it to the super day

1/28/11

How weird, I had lunch at a Chinese buffet yesterday and that was the fortune in my cookie.

1/28/11

These threads inspire me to write cryptic messages to anyone who writes me a thank-you note after campus events/interviews.

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1/28/11

Totally doing this from now on.

1/28/11

Definitely Dinged.

1/28/11

Ding.

1/28/11

dont worry about it pal.

I sent a thank you email after my interview and the guy replied something like "was nice to meet you etc etc...." and ended it with "good luck with your other job searches and studies"

I immediately thought that was a hint toward a ding. but I got an offer a few days later!

"because I want, to fit, in"

1/28/11

everytime I've gotten a positive response by email, I've advanced to the next round
It's usually a good sign if they respond to your thank you email

1/28/11

They certainly liked you

Thanks & regards

1/28/11

Same topic. I 100% blanked and stumbled through technicals on a 1st round. Solid to that point and still ended up getting the technicals right just off on mental math stuff. Dude was totally cool about it though. I said aomething in my thank you email about thanks for not kicking me while Im down and that I blanked cuz of nerves (100% accurate my hands were shaking the entire call) and hopefully Ill get a chance at a 2nd impression. Got an almost instant reply saying "you did fine. Dont worry so much"

Ding? Interview was with a Director and is for an Associate role

1/28/11

Don't look too much into it - Ive gotten dinged when they replied to my emails and Ive gotten offers when they did not. I would take it as completely neutral with a very slight positive note

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1/28/11

Try to never read into responses to thank you emails. I sometimes forget to send them and it never makes a difference, they are usually irrelevant and the decision has either already been made or will in no way be affected by your brief email. Ive gotten great responses from emails only to be ignored from that point out, and every offer ive ever recieved i didnt even send a thank you email.

1/28/11

And positive response is good. I've only gotten two responses ever. One was after a phone interview, and the guy pushed for me for the super day. The other just said great to meet you as well, have a good weekend, this guy pushed for me hard and led to an offer. I would take it as good news of you need help sleeping, but in general, you shouldn't read into them.

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1/28/11

I think that's great. I've never gotten any thank you notes.

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1/28/11

don't read into it too much. might be good, might not mean anything. some people in the industry simply reply to emails out of courtesy, but usually when they had a positive or - at the very least - neutral impression of you.

good luck tho.

Capitalist

1/28/11

I know where you are right now, and my advice is to take a step back. You can't reliably infer anything based on something like this.

"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat."

1/28/11
Sandhurst:

I know where you are right now, and my advice is to take a step back. You can't reliably infer anything based on something like this.

Disagree. You can infer a lot of information, with complete assurance and confidence, if they send back nudies. Op did they reply with attached nudies?

1/28/11
Ron Paul:
Sandhurst:

I know where you are right now, and my advice is to take a step back. You can't reliably infer anything based on something like this.

Disagree. You can infer a lot of information, with complete assurance and confidence, if they send back nudies. Op did they reply with attached nudies?

Nudies=offer. this is good..

1/28/11

One thing that I can do is, true, relax. At least now I know it's a great company with great people.

1/28/11

I think responses are good. Not because you are better than other candidates, but it means you are more than just a number in a sea of thousands. They wouldnt spend time replying emails to people they would be sure of to never see them in person anyway. Unless its automatically generated stuff.

1/28/11

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1/28/11

Totally meaningless. I've gotten offers after not receiving a single reply through several rounds, and have been dinged from places where people did respond.

1/28/11

It doesn't mean a thing. Just a reflection on who they are.

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1/28/11

i can confirm that have got the offer, people only ever reply when you have the offer. no need to turn up for next rounds, this is them testing your confidence.if you do turn up, they think you dont back yourself, if you don't, it shows that you know you smashed it in the first round and you know you're good enough.

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1/28/11

lol^^^^ don't read to far into it op.

1/28/11

from my experience, it doesn't mean a whole lot, but it never hurts to follow up and be kept in mind!

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1/28/11

any more opinions?

1/28/11

Nthing ppl say will change the outcome at this point

Just wait it out and see if you get the offer

1/28/11

Final round interview was last Thursday, and I was told that I will either hearback friday or early this week. Will let you all know if I got the offer or not.

1/28/11
tkql:

Final round interview was last Thursday, and I was told that I will either hearback friday or early this week. Will let you all know if I got the offer or not.

you went to the final round? you blew it. next time come to me first for advice!

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1/28/11
Oreos:
tkql:

Final round interview was last Thursday, and I was told that I will either hearback friday or early this week. Will let you all know if I got the offer or not.

you went to the final round? you blew it. next time come to me first for advice!

Yea, but this is not IB, but PE. Why blew it?

1/28/11

5 out of 9 people replied???

those are both odd numbers. sign of bad luck. auto-ding. better luck next time ass hole.

1/28/11

As someone who just finished interviewing +15 candidates at a superday last week, responding or not responding to a thank you note has absolutely no bearing on the outcome. In fact, I try to reply to every one of them whether he/she has the offer or not, just to be polite.

BTW, a lot of kids try to "differentiate" themselves by trying to mention random facts/topics that came up during the interview. Do not do this unless you're genuine about it. I had kids who sent me "really liked learning your exp about ..XX.. and was really impressed by .. XX .. but I knew it was all BS.

1/28/11

bump

1/28/11

Stop obsessing, they're fucking email replies. Some people politely reply to emails, some don't. This literally gives you zero new information from when you left the interview. It doesn't mean shit either way. Bump again and you get a swift kick to the nuts.

1/28/11

Seems like a good sign, although I experienced the same thing one time after an interview but ultimately got rejected.

1/28/11

I don't send thank yous. they send thank yous to me. With pics of their hot wives attached

1/28/11

I think you may to let this one go, pal. You'll find out soon enough. There will be exponentially more stressful situations within this position, should you get the offer. Focus your energy on more important things like crushing your next interview or deciding on what bar you'll find that perfect weekend wife.

1/28/11

In regards to 'Thank You' etiquette after interviews, is it better to email each interviewer individually with a thank you note (which is semi customized), or to email the interviewers as a group?

1/28/11

precisepen:
In regards to 'Thank You' etiquette after interviews, is it better to email each interviewer individually with a thank you note (which is semi customized), or to email the interviewers as a group?

I've personally not heard of people doing a group thank you email.

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1/28/11

precisepen:
In regards to 'Thank You' etiquette after interviews, is it better to email each interviewer individually with a thank you note (which is semi customized), or to email the interviewers as a group?

individually. definitely.

Capitalist

1/28/11

The guy has already given you enough for the time being. If your email shrieked "clingy psycho bunny boiler" like this post does, he's backing away slowly. Otherwise, he's likely not responding because what more do you want from him? A thank you for your thanks?

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1/29/11

If I didn't have personal morals re: fidelity that movie would have scared them into movie...crazy stuff

1/28/11

always send a thank you. no one will ever respond to it. it's just part of the game.

1/29/11

johnsmithv001:

always send a thank you. no one will ever respond to it. it's just part of the game.

I agree that it is part of a dance that everyone does and one should not expect a response.

That said.. it is more than just "part of the game". In my opinion, if your thank you letter can show that you really took an important point home from the meeting (in just a couple of lines) then the other person would feel that the 30 mins with you were well spent. On the other hand, it is my opinion that you get negative points only if you either do not send a thank you note at all or try to become extra chummy.

1/29/11

Just because they don't respond doesn't mean they both don't appreciate it, nor dislike you. Sometimes they take a quick read, make a mental note to respond when they have time, but it never happens. E-mails come firing at you when working and it's real easy to forget one non work-related that you squirreled away in order to prioritize something else.

1/29/11

No worries. Follow up with him in a few months/weeks if you have questions or around recruiting time or for "advice". Good Luck

1/29/11

Dude, chill. Take a deep breath. It'll be alright.

1/29/11

Last winter I sent an interviewer a thank you letter and he replied with warm praise about my qualifications and how he was positive about my chances. I, of course, was denied a second round.

Many times I've sent thank you notes that don't come back and receive an offer regardless.

1/29/11

Relax - it's very common to not receive replies. Bankers are busy and often times receive dozens of these thank you emails during the recruitment season.

In my experience, I've received replies maybe ~25% of the time

1/29/11

Valk is correct. You should have done a search, though. This has been asked a million times. If they reply to your e-mail, it gets into the "thanking someone for thanking me" type of thing.

1/29/11

Yep I've only received replies to my thank-yous about 20% of the time. No correlation with whether the interview was successful or not (I've received replies when I don't eventually get the offer just as many times as I got offers after having received no replies).

1/29/11

You're fine. But next time don't send them over the weekend.

1/29/11

Thank you very much. Its just very worrisome, since I really want this job.

Wu-Tang

1/29/11

Very typical.

1) You and your fellow candidates are flooding the teams inbox w/ the same goddamn email (no offense) trying to lick their balls sacks via Outlook into handing out an offer

2) I personally hated doing phone interviews and interviewing kids on superdays, and afterwards felt like I'd just been drug through the Bataan Death March. I didn't give a shit, just hire someone smart / doesn't make extra work for me / cool to be around for +100 hrs a week and we're good. These guys who interviewed you prolly aren't much different

If you want your thank you to stand out, handwrite a, two to three sentence, thank-you note personally addressed and mention up something you discussed for each dude who interviewed and overnight it to the office.

A couple jr.'s may think you're an overzealous dork wad, but MD's will get a bit of a prestige boner even if they toss it immediately upon opening. Pretty much zero down side long as you keep it short and professional.

And come to think of it, every kid that's pulled that stunt that I can remember was handed an offer (granted the sample's pretty small). Or not, and fall in line w/ the rest of the flunkies.

1/29/11

Stringer Bell:
Very typical.

1) You and your fellow candidates are flooding the teams inbox w/ the same goddamn email (no offense) trying to lick their balls sacks via Outlook into handing out an offer

2) I personally hated doing phone interviews and interviewing kids on superdays, and afterwards felt like I'd just been drug through the Bataan Death March. I didn't give a shit, just hire someone smart / doesn't make extra work for me / cool to be around for +100 hrs a week and we're good. These guys who interviewed you prolly aren't much different

If you want your thank you to stand out, handwrite a, two to three sentence, thank-you note personally addressed and mention up something you discussed for each dude who interviewed and overnight it to the office.

A couple jr.'s may think you're an overzealous dork wad, but MD's will get a bit of a prestige boner even if they toss it immediately upon opening. Pretty much zero down side long as you keep it short and professional.

And come to think of it, every kid that's pulled that stunt that I can remember was handed an offer (granted the sample's pretty small). Or not, and fall in line w/ the rest of the flunkies.

Aren't intern/summer analyst decisions generally made on the same day as the interview? (I realize that candidates aren't necessarily notified on the same day)
1/29/11

Did you come inside?

1/29/11

You are way, way over thinking it. I've had no responses to thank you notes and got offers, and had very thoughtful replies to my thank you notes and been dinged. No point worrying about it now. What is done, is done, and there isn't anything you can do to change it.

1/29/11

cayo275:

You are way, way over thinking it. I've had no responses to thank you notes and got offers, and had very thoughtful replies to my thank you notes and been dinged. No point worrying about it now. What is done, is done, and there isn't anything you can do to change it.

This. Don't sweat it. Unless you get an offer, assume that you haven't (anywhere) and keep looking for a gig/interviewing. Having a number of offers and choices is usually better than 1 (which would be your upside here).

Good Luck

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1/29/11

It could mean a lot of things. What time was it sent? How was it punctuated? Font color/size? What was the signature - best? regards? sincerely? No signature? Was it misspelled the way you typed it in the body of your post or was it correct?

It's probably best to stay up thinking about all of these factors every night until you hear back definitively.

1/29/11

Hugh Myron:

It could mean a lot of things. What time was it sent? How was it punctuated? Font color/size? What was the signature - best? regards? sincerely? No signature? Was it misspelled the way you typed it in the body of your post or was it correct?

It's probably best to stay up thinking about all of these factors every night until you hear back definitively.

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1/29/11

XSX82:

Hugh Myron:

It could mean a lot of things. What time was it sent? How was it punctuated? Font color/size? What was the signature - best? regards? sincerely? No signature? Was it misspelled the way you typed it in the body of your post or was it correct?

It's probably best to stay up thinking about all of these factors every night until you hear back definitively.

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Edit: I am just kidding. The hot asian I just saw 15 minutes ago made my day.

1/29/11

hot asian oxymoron

1/29/11

iggs99988:

hot asian oxymoron

We are now mortal enemies and this comes from a non-asian

1/29/11

XSX82:

iggs99988:

hot asian oxymoron

We are now mortal enemies and this comes from a non-asian

There are many hot asians, but the East Asian variety will stop having sex with you once your "serious". Until that point, the sex is really good. Definite honey traps. Take care.

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1/29/11

You got it, dude

1/29/11

haha thanks for the comments guys. Indeed I was over thinking it

1/29/11

OMG he hit you with the "thanks for coming in"?

Did he also start with a "Hi how are you doing"?

Let me tell you my friend, these are HUGE signs so listen closely.

When an interviewer says this, it almost 100% definitely means that

1/29/11

Wait two weeks until after the interviews. I don't think that email is a ding if it came soon after.

1/29/11

usually getting an email, regardless of how vague or impersonal, is a good sign at best or a neutral sign at worst. 90% of the time interviewers don't email back at all in my experience.

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1/29/11

Not bad at all. Do a search, it's been talked about. If it's a thank you letter, you may or may not get a response, but it has absolutely no bearing on whether or not you will move on in the process. I've been rejected after getting a response and moved on without hearing anything.

1/29/11

Common occurrence. Don't feel special.

1/29/11

it happened to me before.

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1/29/11

Replies are rare. I wouldn't worry about it.

1/29/11

Are you serious? What if the admin that led you around didn't say thank you after you held the door... How bad is that?

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

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As you know by now, EXTREMELY bad.

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it's not good, it's not bad.

Look up a thread GengisKhan posted a while back - specifically addressing follow up emails. He is an MD, and stated it was a waste of time. Of course it should be done, but it is not going to make or break your chances.

"Jesus, he's like a gremlin; comes with instructions and shit"

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The reason why i'm asking this is because, I had an interview a few months ago and didn't get the job because my modelling was weak. I'm thinking about trying to get a second chance there again and was trying to judge there sentiment, thus why i asked if its a good thing or a bad thing to not hear back in a follow up thank you email

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I think not hearing back from a thank you letter or email or note is ABSOLUTELY normal...
they probably dont have time to even reply... but I would like to point out that have you improved your modelling skills significantly in the past few months? otherwise, you might get dinged simply because you havent showed intention in taking a further step into ER

good luck!

London BB ER 2nd year Research Associate

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HR at one of my final rounds told me that the MDs get a tonne of thank you emails after the interviews and they just forward that to HR to reply and HR do not have time to respond to these mails.

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I received the same type of reply from a guy, and got the job offer the next day. I think its pointless to try to analyze this shit because they most likely are not giving it any type of consideration on the other end. Just be patient for an extra day or whatever it takes to hear the official word.

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No. People will respond to be nice. I've gotten both (responses for offer and no offer). A lot of the time, it is out of the interviewer's hands and becomes a numbers game and how you stack up against other people.

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I reply to all to be nice. I just to keep them very brief.

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Hey all, thanks for the input. Turns out I got the job after all :)

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Not always.

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no

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only if it's a response indicating their decision

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They never reply

Nobody wants to work for it anymore. There's no honor in taking the after school job at Mickey D's. Honor's in the dollar, kid.

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Mostly no

'We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

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I've had places that replied and I got dinged, and places where I've gotten offers. Also places where I got no replies, but got the offer.

Don't look too much into it.

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Not really a big deal either way. It really just depends on how the individual views the etiquette of responding to the email and has little to do with the outcome.

Unless, of course they indirectly/directly tell you the outcome in the response.

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You got ding'd!

"After you work on Wall Street it's a choice, would you rather work at McDonalds or on the sell-side? I would choose McDonalds over the sell-side." - David Tepper

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Don't read into it. I have been rejected even though everyone responded kindly/warmly to thank yous. Been accepted even though nobody responded as well.

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Most people don't respond to thank you emails. Just take a deep breath and relax. You did your best and now the decision is out of your hands. Be patient and don't stress.

Talent is hitting a target no one can hit.
Genius is hitting a target no one can see.

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Appreciated. You're right, being too anxious.

Thank you

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yeah calm down, they're probably too busy and there isn't much to say after a thank you email

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Almost no one responds to these.

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99% of people don't respond. I've only had some responses on lateral moves, and they were mainly because of long interviewing processes.

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Don't over analyze. I've had nobody respond and received an offer. I've had everyone respond and been dinged.

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Literally means nothing. Zero.

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If it means anything Ive had the same thing happen to me (only emailed two people though) but got the jobbbb.

Chin up.

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You're over analyzing! I have had interviews go really well and when I write a follow up e-mail - no response. 1-2 weeks later, I got the offer.

AgainstAllOdds

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You're Fine. Frankly, the people you interviewed with probably have 1,000 more important things to reply to than a thank you note.

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Are you good-looking? The women usually reply if you are . Like Eli I did it.

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From my experience, almost no one responds. I've gotten responses from positions I didn't get and responses offering me the position. It's not indicative. If they're going through recruiting and interviewing many candidates, they get flooded with these generic emails.

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Yes, why not? I did that during my interview process. It's never a bad idea to keep your contacts informed of your progress, especially those who seem to like you! Building and maintaining good relationships at the firm is key.

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Thank you NoName! I was a bit worried that doing so would be a bit unnecessary as it probably was that Director that decided to move me onto the second round.

How did you put it last time during the interview process? Something like "Thank you for your kind reply. I'd like to update you that my next interview with head of equity research is scheduled on next Thursday. Thanks." Would it be ok? Or should I be proactively asking some tips for the next interview? Thank you again!!

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Depends on how "friendly" her response was. If you feel like it would be appropriate to ask for tips, go ahead -- otherwise keep it short and simple.

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Don't overthink it, doesn't matter too much. It's already nice you heard back, but doesn't say much either about your chances. Some people reply to thank-you notes, some don't, that's as simple as it is.

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While she probably knows you have another interview, I'd email saying that you'll be there for it and it would be great if you could stop by her office and/or say hello while you're there.

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Thank you all!

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definitely a good sign...offer isn't certain, but you can bet that you have a decent shot.

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although I don't think it matters that much when it comes to the decision.

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true, but it will leave a good impact and might leave the doors open for future.

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I'm thinking it's really positive. The reason is because there were only 30 of us for about 10-12 spots, and they are looking to hire people they want, not just trying to fill their class (ie. they will take as many or as few as they want, because they don't need any of us).

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definitely very positive. like the poster above said - even if you do not get it now - stay in touch with those people and you will definitely get another shot later on.

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I've probably sent over 50 thank you notes by email, not once did I get a reply.

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In my experience, I've never received a reply to my Thank You unless they were interested in bringing me back. So it sounds good for you!

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Thats a good sign, I got very few replys to many letters written.

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I've had a reply once and got an offer from that bank.

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Thanks guys that makes this weekend a lot easier. Either way I hear next week.

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Thanks guys that makes this weekend a lot easier. Either way I hear next week.

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I got replies from the ones I got an offer but not from the banks that rejected me

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gotten both. Some have responded and I've gotten nothing, and some i've gotten replies and got an offer.haha. oh well good luck, nonetheless!

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