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Thank You Letters
After meeting with an employer, it is a courteous and professional to send a thank you note to express your gratitude that the employer took the time to meet with you. It is also an excellent opportunity to keep your name in front of the employer while hiring decisions are being made and to reiterate your strong desire to work for them.
Thank you letters (See Sample) should be sent as soon as possible following the interview. If you interview with many people in a single day, it is better to send one well written letter to an interviewer with whom you had a good rapport than a form letter to all of the interviewers. If you choose to send one letter, you can include a sentence such as "I would like to thank you and all of the interviewers who took the time to meet with me."
To set your thank you letter apart from other applicants, mention subject matter that you discussed in your interview. Perhaps reminding the firm of the fit between your background and a particular practice group, or a topic you discussed reminds you of an interesting article or research you have come across. Such information shows that you were truly engaged in the interview and it establishes a personal connection with the employer.
Even if you find that you are not interested in a particular employer, a professional and well-written expression of appreciation may help to keep options available to you later.
It is always a good idea to send a thank you letter. Be mindful that you are still being evaluated by the employer though, so be sure your thank you note is well-written and free of grammatical and spelling errors.
A word about email and hardcopy
It is acceptable to send a thank you note via email or as a hardcopy. Here are some things to consider when deciding which method to use:
- While it is becoming more common to correspond through email, be aware that many of the decision makers with whom you interview may be more traditional and may be impressed if you take the time to write and mail a letter or hand-written note.
- Many senior attorneys have their emails screened. If you are in doubt about how to send your letter, you can contact the recruiting coordinator of the employer and ask for the firms' position on this or ask someone in the career services office.
- With initial on-campus interviewing, often decisions about second round interviews are made quickly and sometimes before a snail-mail thank you note would reach an employer.