We Will Be in Touch Regarding Next Steps After Interview

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

JohnBrohan:

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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Comments (27)

May 2, 2012

Neutral, I think everyone says this.

May 2, 2012

I agree with "neutral".

This is what HR always says, is trained to say, and they can potentially place themselves at risk of litigation if they say anything else.

May 2, 2012

I don't know, it seems somewhat positive. I've almost never gotten a reply from HR to a thank you note. I did once - and it was from a firm that I did end up getting an offer from.

That said, I'm basing my opinion on a very small sample size, who knows, and the litigation point (above) makes sense, so I wouldn't read too much into it anyways. Best of luck!

May 2, 2012

Neutral with a slight edge towards positive

May 2, 2012

Ok, got another e-mail. What does it mean, if anything, that HR wants to meet with me for a few minutes before my next interview round (first round with another group)?

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May 2, 2012

It's neutral at worst. If you had been dinged already they wouldn't have bothered to apply. Same thing, same response was given to me, and I eventually got the offer.

May 2, 2012

you didn't get it, tough luck kid

My drinkin' problem left today, she packed up all her bags and walked away.

May 2, 2012
Kenny Powers:

you didn't get it, tough luck kid

Is this based on experience? Thanks.

May 2, 2012
jd-to-ib:
Kenny Powers:

you didn't get it, tough luck kid

Is this based on experience? Thanks.

He's kidding. Hard to interpret the second email, but I agree it's neutral at worst.

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May 2, 2012

Thanks.

My worry is that if there were actual next steps (i.e. second rounds), they would have simply told me or waited to e-mail once they were ready to schedule something.

On the other hand, they could easily have not responded to my thank you e-mails at all.

May 2, 2012

But what if they think you're thinking about what they're thinking? Maybe they want you to think that they think you're thinking you got the offer when really they think you think they think they didn't give you the offer? :/

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May 2, 2012

lol

I realize I'm overthinking.

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May 14, 2014

Always think positive! if the job is yours, it is yours, if it is not yours then move on and apply again. dammit!!!

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Jun 18, 2015

So did you get it? Huh?? Huh?? Did you?

Jun 18, 2015

It means almost nothing. I got a "we'll be in touch in the next two weeks or so" and then got an offer the next day. I also just literally never heard back one time after 2 rounds of phone interviews, in person, and 2 rounds of follow-up interviews on the phone (with a few attempts to contact HR over the next month before giving up). It's just a thing people say to get you off the phone and be polite.

Jun 18, 2015

The response you got almost means nothing. It's pretty much a standard answer. In fact it probably skews towards being negative since you got the standard bolierplate response.

If he had said something more personal or just something besides the usual response, you would have a bit of reason to be positive.

Jun 18, 2015

Nope, keep looking. It seems to be a common question among job seekings, and http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2006-02-06/mak... its even been admitted in that article.

article:

"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, smile that lips-together fake smile that corporate HR people are so good at, and say to the candidate: "We'll be in touch."

I hate that interviewers can be such assholes. But of course the HR girls don't care...for them its almost a continuation of being the "exclusive" girls in high school. But there's ur answer.

Sounds like a temp interview I had once for back office mm bank. "We'll be in touch" isn't TOTALLY certain u got dinged, just like playing the lotto isn't TOTALLY certain you lost. Which means barring the extreme tails of distribution, u didn't get it.

Jun 18, 2015

it means they didn't instantly not like you.

Jun 18, 2015

It most likely doesn't mean anything, it is just a curtsy. One time I was told you're a perfect fit for the job tomorrow lets set an interview with the VP, the next day I got an email telling me I didn't get the job. My current job, they told me I didn't get job but they came back and made me an offer.

Jun 18, 2015

i recently had a phone interview end with "well, i will compare notes with the rest [of the people who interviewed you] and be in touch." I didn't take it as a good sign because he is the director and ultimately has discretion

Jun 18, 2015

just to follow up on this, it resulted in a ding

Jun 18, 2015

same here :(
Almost same experience, phone interview on Wed, brought in the office on Friday (but the superday was 4+ hours)
Followed up today and was told "we will call you very soon" and then still nothing :(

Jun 18, 2015

Can mean something, but its probably better to just assume it doesn't mean much. I would take it as just formality/what they usually say.

Had interviews at a top BB before, and the phone screen interviewer said "Someone from our team will schedule a call with you soon." Which I took as a good sign that at least I wasn't dinged.

Never heard back. And following up was just dead silence.

Jun 18, 2015
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