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?
Should You Write A Thank You Note To Interviewer?
The simple answer is yes. Even if the interview did not go as planned, sending thank you emails are a quick way to build potential contacts in the long term. Although sending these emails ultimately may not make a difference in whether or not you get an offer or not, at the very least you have a point of contact within the firm to try again for the next position.
What If You Do Not Get A Response To Your Thank You Note?
It's not the end of the world if you do not get a response back from your interviewer. They sift through flooded inboxes constantly and would rarely have time to go and respond to every thank you email as it would not be an efficient use of their time. Just because you do not get a response does not mean that you are automatically out of the running, interviewers may make a mental note to reply but never do.
What If You Did Get A Response to Your Thank You Letter?
Now if you did receive a response to your thank you email, it's important to not over-analyze their wording. So then does a thank you email response indicate an [email protected] gives some advice on responses:
If they do respond to you then it's a nice gesture on their part but not the norm
Typically, the decision on whether or not you receive the offer has been made prior to their email. For instance, some users around WSO have gotten responses but did not get an offer, while others who have not sent a thank you note have also received offers.
Based on your email, dissecting their intentions can be tricky and ultimately not worth your time. Sometime emails may include "best of luck with job searching", but they still got the job offer. The best course of action may be to wait until the final decision on the offer has been made clear to you.
If you have other words or advice or previous experiences with thank you emails please comment them below!