I finished the first round of interviews and send out a round of thank you e-mails, including to the HR people who organized the meetings.
I received a response from one of the HR reps shortly after, saying "You're welcome! We will be in touch with you regarding next steps."
Interpretation? Positive? Neutral? Ambiguous?
What Does it Mean to Get A Response to A Thank You Note?
Getting a response from HR representative can be a tricky ordeal. At the very least it would be considered a neutral response considering most firms decide whether you receive an offer before an email goes out. More often than not it is just courtesy from the representative.
An interesting point from HR representatives and their response to emails
Your natural instinct is to be helpful, to tell the candidate where he went wrong. But you can't; you might get sued, you might offend someone. And in any case, there's no benefit to the company in being so, well, caring. Instead, you clam up, a smile that lips-together fake smile that corporate HR people are so good at, and say to the candidate: "We'll be in touch."
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.
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