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Do Interviewers Respond to Thank You notes?

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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.

See what Cultivated Culture has to say about the thank you note.

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 offer? Here's some advice on responses:

rufiolove:

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!

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Comments (219)

Jan 26, 2011

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...

Jan 26, 2011

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

Jan 26, 2011

They usually don't. Don't worry.

Jan 26, 2011

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

Jan 26, 2011

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.

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Jan 26, 2011

I've never had a response...

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Jan 26, 2011

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.

Jan 26, 2011

Heard back with positive news! Phew.

Jan 27, 2011

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?

Jan 26, 2011
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 :)

Jan 26, 2011

Congratz.

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

Congratulations

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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?

Jan 28, 2011
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.

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011
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.

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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....

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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?

Jan 28, 2011

Doesn't matter IMHO.

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

No responses either.

1 ding, 1 offer.

Jan 28, 2011

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."

Jan 28, 2011
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.

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

I'll contact you on interoffice messenger

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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!

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Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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 :-\

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

ya...rejected.

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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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Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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!

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

Totally doing this from now on.

Jan 28, 2011

Definitely Dinged.

Jan 28, 2011

Ding.

Jan 28, 2011

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!

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Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

They certainly liked you

Thanks & regards

Jan 28, 2011

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

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Jan 28, 2011

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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Jan 28, 2011

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.

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Jan 28, 2011

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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Jan 28, 2011

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

No contract means I have all the power. They want me, but they can't have me. - Don Draper

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011
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?

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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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Jan 28, 2011

any more opinions?

Jan 28, 2011

Nthing ppl say will change the outcome at this point

Just wait it out and see if you get the offer

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011
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!

Jan 28, 2011

5 out of 9 people replied???

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

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

bump

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

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?

Jan 28, 2011
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.

Jan 28, 2011
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.

Jan 28, 2011

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?

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011
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.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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).

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Wu-Tang

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011
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)

Jan 29, 2011

Did you come inside?

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011
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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Jan 28, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011
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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Jan 29, 2011

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Jan 29, 2011
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Jan 29, 2011

You got it, dude

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 26, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

Common occurrence. Don't feel special.

Jan 29, 2011

it happened to me before.

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Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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?

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Jan 28, 2011

As you know by now, EXTREMELY bad.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

Not always.

Jan 29, 2011

no

Jan 29, 2011

only if it's a response indicating their decision

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

Mostly no

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

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 28, 2011

You got ding'd!

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

Appreciated. You're right, being too anxious.

Thank you

Jan 29, 2011

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

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Jan 29, 2011

Almost no one responds to these.

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 28, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

Literally means nothing. Zero.

Jan 29, 2011

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

Chin up.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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!!

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

Thank you all!

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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).

Jan 29, 2011

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.

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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!

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

Jan 29, 2011

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

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