i am having my superday this friday with this pe shop. i spoke with the hr and they told me that i will be meeting with 10 people (analysts, associates, and vps). do you think there's a point of sending out thank you notes to everyone? if so, how much tailoring needs to be done?
Should you send a thank you email after interviewing?
Yes - regardless of the number of interviews you have - you should send a follow up email to each interviewer.
@iggs99988, an investment banking analyst, best summarizes this:
Standard practice. Make it short and personalized.
- Keep it short and polite. The long ones wind up sounding douchey. It's impossible to make them sound otherwise. Also, the more you write, the more likely it is you'll make a mistake.
- In all likelihood, the recipient will have already submitted his decision on you before he gets your thank you.
- Thank you notes are more hazardous than most people realize. They never get you an offer you wouldn't have otherwise have gotten, but a stupid mess-up (typo, grammatical mistake, etc.) can sink you. Once, an interviewer responded to my thank you note criticizing me for a typo and saying I had done well until sending out such an ill-advised, unprofessional e-mail. Yes he was being a serious a$$hole, but he was also a key decision maker and I didn't get an offer.
@WallStreetPlayboys explains the only downside of sending a thank you note:
The only way it dings you is if you send a long thank you literally 5 minutes after the completion before they have had a chance to make an opinion of you.
When should you send your thank you note?
Your email should be sent within 24 hours. If you are interviewing in a summer analyst - super day setting, decisions are often made about candidates at the end of the day. With this in mind, sending your email before the end of the day is beneficial if you keep it simple and make sure that it is error free.
What should you put in your post interview email?
Your emails should be short and to the point and customized to each interviewer.
@Bankah99 breaks down this structure into three sentences:
1st sentence: Thank you for taking the time to meet with me.
2nd sentence: I really enjoyed speaking with you about...
3rd sentence: Our conversation confirmed my strong interest in working at [INSERT FIRM NAME] and I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with you again in the future.
Do not copy and paste the email and send to all interviewers.
@bearing, an equity research vice president, explains this point by recalling an interview story:
I remember one kid we interviewed and he literally sent everyone he interviewed the same 4 sentence email with only the names changed. We weren't going to give him an offer anyways but we had a good laugh about it. Also I recommend writing the email the wait 30 minutes then read it again before you press send. This is to make sure your email is not only typo free but it doesn't sound awkward.
You should be speaking to something that you discussed with each interviewer.
What should the subject line of the after interview email be?
This is important to consider as @WallStreetPlayboys points out that:
Generally we just read the headline to check off the name of who sent it. That's about it. Thank you letters have landed a total of 0 people jobs in the history of Wall Street, but could ding you in a rare situation when they are "expecting one."
In line with this, the subject line should be something like:
"Jane Doe | School Name | Thank You"
"Jack Doe | Interview Follow Up"
What does it mean if I didn't get a response?
Receiving a response from an interviewer does not generally indicate whether you will be receiving an offer. Receiving a response is usually a function of the interviewers having a free moment away from their actual job to respond.
As one used described:
[quote}I've gotten responses and still gotten rejected and I've had responses and ended up with offers. It means nothing, really (unless they were overly positive in the response - not some standard "It was nice to meet you also" type deal).
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