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When you send an interviewer a thank you note, and he/she responds "it was nice meeting you as well. best of luck." etc.....does that usually mean you got dinged, or does it not really mean anything? Whenever I got a response back saying that, I usually got dinged.

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  • Wannabeabanker's picture

    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?

  • wsosurfer's picture

    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

  • quaker9's picture

    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.

  • In reply to quaker9
    b4nk1n6's picture

    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.

  • In reply to Wannabeabanker
    Grinder86's picture

    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.

  • eecs's picture

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

  • unct91's picture

    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

  • if much given much expected's picture

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

  • models_and_bottles's picture

    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.

  • In reply to Grinder86
    Wannabeabanker's picture

    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.

  • Grinder86's picture

    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....

  • big unit's picture

    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.

  • Grinder86's picture

    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?

  • EpicWinner123's picture

    Doesn't matter IMHO.

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

    No responses either.

    1 ding, 1 offer.

  • OpsDude's picture

    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."

  • EpicWinner123's picture

    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

  • OpsDude's picture

    I'll contact you on interoffice messenger

  • In reply to OpsDude
    baloogafish's picture

    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.

  • OpsDude's picture

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

  • baloogafish's picture

    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.

  • b4nk1n6's picture

    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!

  • uchicago's picture

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

  • mj's picture

    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.

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