Followup email question

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I had a meeting 2 weeks ago with an analyst. At the end of the meeting he said he would look into his contacts and see if he could set me up with another meeting. It's been 2 weeks since then. Anyway, I wanted to know how to follow up on that meeting and the inquiry, so it doesn't sound too aggressive?
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How to Follow Up on Informational Interviews

In addition to sending a thank you email, you should definitely follow up on informational interviews, especially if the person you met with mentioned putting you in touch with other contacts. WSO users recommend keeping the follow up short, conversational, casual and confident. Instead of OP's sample (at bottom of the post), one WSO user recommends:

Analyst by his first name,
I enjoyed our chat a couple of weeks ago - thanks again, I appreciate your insignt / book suggestions. You mentioned you might be able to set me up with some contacts in the industry - if you are still willing to lend a helping hand it would be much appreciated.
Feel free to contact me my phone - 713......
Thanks again,
Billy Joe

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Just a sample I came up with, but imo it feels too pushy? I know I'm not really entitled to anything and our meeting was through a cold email in the first place.

Hi Mr. xxx,
I'm just following up on our meeting we had 2 weeks ago (thanks once again for taking the time). I looked into the reading suggestions you offered me and picked out a few books that caught my eye. I was also just wondering if you came across anyone who would be open to an informational interview with me such as the one we had?
Hope you have a great weekend!
Thanks,
Me.

Comments (9)

Feb 11, 2012

I think it sounds pretty good.

Feb 12, 2012

If he was an analyst, then I'm assuming he's young and would feel weird if you still addressed him formally after meeting with him. Have a great weekend is irrelevant unless you're going to send it on Friday.

Feb 12, 2012

Personally I hate the phrase "informational interview", don't know if this is just my opinion but I think it's very M&I / WSO lingo and anyone not familiar with it will read "interview", which is a bit pushy. Personally I prefer: chat, coffee, introduction...bla bla bla

Also, a real mishmash of formalities, you start with "Mr." yet sign off with "thanks".

Feb 12, 2012

Thanks for the feedback. So do you guys suggest being casual or formal? I think addressing by the first name after one meeting just seems weird. So here is something else. And yeah I was planning to send it on Friday so thats why I included the weekend thing.

Hi Mr. X

I'm just following up on the meeting we had 2 weeks ago (thanks for taking the time once again). I picked out a few books that you suggested I take a look at. I was also just wondering if you managed to come across anyone who would be willing to have a brief chat with me about their background in the industry such as the one we had?

Sincerely,

Me.

How does that sound?

Feb 12, 2012

Go casual, for two reasons: he's an analyst and you want him to like you / think of you as a friend / equal, his mates don't call him Mr.. Of course go formal for inital contact when reaching out but from them on tone it down.

Feb 12, 2012

Dude stop stressing so much... If you can't send an email without help from a forum you have bigger issues. Just be normal. Check for spelling, grammar, send.

Feb 12, 2012

Analyst by his first name,

I enjoyed our chat a couple of weeks ago - thanks again, I appreciate your insignt / book suggestions. You mentioned you might be able to set me up with some contacts in the industry - if you are still willing to lend a helping hand it would be much appreciated.

Feel free to contact me my phone - 713......

Thanks again,

Billy Joe

I think that sounds better. Your first email puts you in a weak position by using work like 'thanks..again" .... ' just wondering if you would...." ' sincerely.... '

All that makes you sound desperate / like you sat in front of your screen for an hour trying to figure out what to write (which you obviously did)

Needs to sound more conversational / easy flowing - an analyst is going to be busy and if he is will to help you out he needs to get the point quick, not read some suckass letter

Also 2 weeks is a LONG time to follow up man. I'd almost suggest giving him a call

Feb 12, 2012

Thanks for that. I agree I shouldn't be investing so much time in just an email but I would rather be safe. The above is a good format. Thanks.

Feb 12, 2012
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