Congratulatory letter from Wayne State University Law School. (Ph.D client who "Thank you so much for all of your legal advice and expertise. Also, thank you.
Should you thank an interviewer with an email or a card? We’ve wondered about this for a while as well, so reader J’s question strikes us as particularly interesting…
After an interview, everyone knows that it is good manners to send a perfunctory “Thank You” note. However, is it still recommended that the “Thank You” note be a hand-written note sent through snail mail or is it equally appropriate to send a “Thank You” after an interview via email? I am old-fashioned and still send a hand-written note on nice Crane & Co. stationary, however, an email “thank you” would certainly get there faster. I am not sure what is considered appropriate these days!? Any thoughts??
First, we would say that the thank-you note should be far from perfunctory — it reinforces what you spoke about in the interview, why you’re qualified for the job, and allows you to clarify anything that you worry came across poorly. (Pictured: Orange notecards, 25 thermographed notecards for $152 at Fine Stationery.)
That said, we’re sort of torn on how to send your interviewer their thank-you note. For us, it mostly comes down to a question of time (we are masters of the 7th-day thank you, which is just about the longest you can wait to send one). For the most part, then, we have done e-mail thank yous at least since 2003 or so. We have made exceptions for that, however. For example — a few years ago this author had a coffee catch-up with a man who has been a guiding force in my career since before grad school, the uncle of a friendly colleague, who happened to be working in my dream job. He and I have only met a few times over the past decade — I doubt he would recognize me on the street, even! — but his advice has not steered me wrong. We met for coffee, and again he gave invaluable advice, and I decided to send him a personal, hand-written thank-you note. As I was writing it out, it suddenly felt weird — my handwriting looked so messy on the page. My personalized stationery, normally reserved for Grandma and aunts, suddenly felt too “too.” It all felt maybe a little too… emotional. Girly. Not professional. Still, I struggled past these concerns and sent him the thank-note by mail.
Cut to 2 years later and I was trying to find our last correspondence to meet with him, and was alarmed to find no thank-you note in my e-mail files. Had I not sent one? It was only a very visual memory of dropping the note in a mailbox that jarred my memory. He never mentioned the note, so I have no idea what he thought about it (if anything). Still, that was the experience with the note. So our $.02 is to send the thank-you note by e-mail: gets there quicker, you know it was received, and you have a record for your files of what you sent.
But readers, what has your experience been? Let’s take a poll… and please comment below.
Learn about Thank You Letters following an Interview - Berkeley Law. When you have visited a firm on a callback, however, it is appropriate to send thank you .
One of the most important things to convey in interview thank you letters is specifically how your unique skill-set will meet employers’ immediate hiring needs.
While respect for the company and a sincere interest in the job are important, they don’t translate into strong benefits for employers.
Quite frankly, hiring managers are not interested in you at all; at least, not initially. They don’t care about your career goals, your mortgage or your kid’s college fund. They are interested in candidates who can meet their needs.
If you fail to convince prospective employers that hiring you will solve a problem for them, you’re not likely to be offered a position.
Keeping these things in mind while writing your interview thank you letter will help you to sell yourself as a top candidate for the position you seek. The following sample letters will help get you started.
It was a pleasure meeting with you yesterday regarding the possibility of joining your firm as a paralegal. My five years as a legal assistant for Branson, Mayer and Associates, and my education in paralegal studies have prepared me for the rigorous and interesting work for which your law firm has developed a solid reputation.
It would be a gratifying experience to work with your legal team. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
It was a pleasure to interview with you last Thursday to discuss your current need for a manager in your electronics department. After meeting with you and briefly with several of your staff, your commitment to honest and friendly service was evident. I believe that in today's competitive retail market, it is consistent and excellent service that keeps customers coming back.
I developed the same conviction during the three years that I worked as an assistant manager at Best Buy. During this time, I worked directly with senior management and 12 staff members to decrease the amount of product returns in my department by 45%, and consumer complaints by 53%.
If given the opportunity, I assure you that I will uphold the reputation of your company for friendly, efficient service.
Thank you again. I look forward to hearing from you.
Here's a "sampling" of what clients say about Attorney Allen Wolf:
Congratulatory letter from Wayne State University Law School
(Ph.D client who was successful in University dispute)
• "Thank you for your kindness, professionalism, and all your help during this last year. I do not know what I would have done without your help and guidance. I am very satisfied with the legal services provided by THE WOLF LAW FIRM (on a scale from 1 to 10---10 would describe my satisfaction). I definitely would recommend your law firm to anyone I know that needs legal help. Thank you for everything."
(Client whose civil legal problem was resolved by a consultation and law firm letter)
• "Thank you. I appreciate and I am happy with the professional services I received. The letter was wonderful and yielded excellent results."
(Civil Litigation Client)
• "Thank you so much for all of your legal advice and expertise. Also, thank you for all the time spent and phone calls you had to make in order to solve this problem. You are the best."
("Nationally-Known" Media Star "Cleared" in Criminal Investigation)
• "Many thanks for your concern and compassion in this latest hurdle in my life. It was so good to see and talk with you even under these dire circumstances. Looking forward to breaking bread and sharing a few war stories under more pleasant and ambient circumstances next month."
(Criminal Defense Client)
• "Once again thank you for all your help. You gave me hope and confidence throughout my ordeal. You are certainly an artist at your profession.
(Note from a White-Collar Professional after a "Not Guilty" Verdict)
• "Sorry to cry Wolf ... thanks for being there."
(National Insurance Crime Bureau, Special Agent)
• "I would like to personally take this opportunity to thank you for organizing and handling the Special Investigation Units Meeting. On behalf of all (insurance) Carriers in the State of Michigan, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, we appreciate your efforts to fight insurance fraud. I have heard nothing but positive remarks, and comments about your gracious efforts. This (NICB) meeting would not have gone off as well without your hard work. I am certain they will not go unrecognized."
(General Counsel from "well know" Insurance Company,)
• "I received your letters of March 2nd and March 6th to (CS) of our Schaumburg Field Claim Office. I wanted to take this opportunity to extend you my congratulations on excellent representation. It is nice to win every once in awhile. Thanks for an excellent job!"
(Michigan State Fire Marshal)
• "Thank you very much for your excellent presentation and assistance at the Insured Fire Loss Reporting System meeting in Lansing; it was very helpful to us."
(Referring Attorney commenting on Allen Wolf's trial work)
• "In my opinion, this was a difficult case from the motion stages through and including the actual trial and it was very obvious to my clients and myself that Mr. Wolf was both extremely competent and dedicated in the pursuit of justice. I've been practicing law in Kalamazoo since my graduation from Harvard Law School 38 years ago and much of my practice for many years consisted of trial work. Mr. Wolf impressed me very much in that he was fully and completely prepared as to the facts, witnesses, law and the Court Rules pertinent to this case.
(Letter from the Oakland County Health Department Employees)
• "The purpose of this letter is to commend the efforts of Allen Wolf. Mr. Wolf argued a case in court on behalf of the undersigned and the Oakland County Health Department. Mr. Wolf argued our case enthusiastically, credibly and very successfully. The case was very complex and diplomacy and hard work were required to resolve it."
(Small Business Client)
• "Thanks again for helping me out. You have countered the stereotype that most people have about attorneys. I hope that I will never need a lawyer again, but if I do, I have your card."
(Thank You Note from Parents following major Felony case Dismissal against Son)
• "Congratulations on a job well done. We believe our son was extremely fortunate to meet then hire you to represent him in this matter. We want to thank you for caring enough to put all that time and effort in this case. You saw right away that he was telling the truth and you conducted this case as though he were your brother and you weren't going to let anybody take advantage of him. After watching what went on during all these proceedings, we were completely unhappy with the unfairness of our legal system. That changed when we saw you were more interested in justice than in making money. Mr. Wolf you are a mensch."
• "Thanks for always being there with some terrific advice."
(Claims Supervisor from a "National" Marine Insurance Company)
• "Enclosed you will find three signed originals of the release, assignment and settlement agreement which we have entered into with all parties involved in this disputed claim. I understand that you will distribute these originals to the necessary party in order to close this claim process. Thank you for the excellent job you have done in bringing a complicated situation to resolution."
(Satisfied Business Client)
• "Thank you again for your incredible support and professionalism. I sincerely appreciate, once again, your help in straightening out a difficult situation. Have a great summer!"
(Mother of a Personal Injury Client after a Successful Settlement)
• "Thank you for all the advice, support and friendship you have extended to us during this past 1½ years. It was helpful to know someone like you was with us."
(Landlord/Tenant Client away at College)
• "Thank you for getting us out of a jam with the apartment complex. Your legal advice was a huge help and saved me some much needed money. Thank you again."
(Criminal Defense Client)
• "Al, I'd just like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to you for all the help you have given me concerning my recent legal troubles. It is safe to say that without your service and support, I would have been in a much worse position and greatly appreciate that. Thanks once again very, very much."
(Civil Litigation Client)
• "I wish you success in all you do. Your clients are fortunate to have you as their advocate as I did."
(Client after OUI Case Dismissal)
• "Thanks again for all your spectacular work."
(Michigan State Police Lieutenant)
• "The Michigan State Police, Fire Marshal Division and Michigan Arson Prevention Committee again thank you for instructing at the Prosecutor Fire Investigation School. As you well know, arson is one of the most technical and difficult crimes to prosecute. Your knowledge and expertise helped to educate the attending prosecutors, allowing them to better understand fire investigation and making them more prepared to successfully prosecute arson or a related crime. Again, thank you very much for your assistance in making the prosecutor school a success."
(Husband and Wife after Criminal Case Dismissal)
• "Our sincere thanks for all you have done."
(Client Letter after Case Dismissal)
• "Thank you very much for the excellent job that you did and most of all for your concern and support of my family and myself during the trial. We couldn't have asked for a better man. You're the tops. Thanks again."
(Civil Litigation Client)
• "Thank you so much for all you have done! All of your help made a huge difference."
• "A special note of thanks to you because you do the things you do. Thank you again for all your good work."
(Risk Manager for a "nationally known" group of Luxury Hotels )
• "Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel are still talking about the creative litigation skills used in bringing this matter to a "nuisance value" resolution. Thank you for your outstanding work."
A “thank you letter” is a short note sent to express appreciation. They should be sent after interviews, informational interviews, helpful telephone calls, and other.
Candidates that take the time to follow-up with a thank you letter after an interview make the best impression on employers. Yet professionals say that very few candidates take advantage of this courtesy, regardless of the industry. Writing effective an legal thank you letter is not easy though. It takes time and effort.
Even though the message is simple, you don’t want it to be too short nor do you want long, scholarly paragraphs. Be genuine and let your personality come through. You can set yourself apart from your competition by writing a legal thank you note to potential law firms.
Always send your thank you letter the same day you interview, or no later than the following day. In today’s digital age, email is the most efficient way to send your thank you letter in a timely manner.
You can also take a more personal approach by writing a handwritten note, although it’s not necessary. If you do hand write your legal thank you letter, ensure that’ll it arrive within a day or two of your interview.
The interviewing process is just as time consuming for the employer. Express your thanks for the opportunity to meet with them and appreciation for the time spent with you. This will impress the interviewer by showing you respect their position regardless of the outcome.
For example: “Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you on Tuesday. The time you spent describing the position and the firm environment was greatly appreciated.”
Make a specific comment relating to the interviewer or the firm indicating your interest in the position. It’s your opportunity to show a potential employer that you are motivated to succeed. Employers that see you are dedicated to their specific firm will be more likely to give you the opportunity. Try and mention any specifics about the firm within your legal thank you letter.
For example: “Your presentation of the firm, together with the opportunity to practice environmental law have further convinced me that an association with (firm name) would be a good fit.”
Chances are you are one of many candidates for a position. Employers can find it difficult to remember specifics for each person. A legal thank you letter is a great chance to reiterate any of the key qualifications you can bring to the position. It’s also an excellent opportunity to include anything you may have forgotten to mention in-person.
For example: “As we discussed, my experience in advising corporate clients on environment and regulatory issues can contribute greatly to building your environmental department.”
Close with another thank you, letting the interviewer know that you value the time he/she spent with you and express your expectation of a follow-up meeting. This shows employers that you are prepared to move forward. It’s important to be sure it’s not phrased in a way that seems like an expectation, but a privilege.
For example: “Thank you again for your time. I look forward to meeting with you again soon.”
If you follow these steps, you will be doing far more than your competition- take advantage of what others fail to do. After a solid thank you note, you can move on to apply to other jobs while waiting. Check out our best email cover letter tips and seize the day!
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