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New post 22 Nov 2008, 12:31
irishspring wrote:
I got this note back a few days after email. What can I read into this?

"We were all glad to have you, 'my name'. It was my my pleasure getting the chance to meet you. Good luck in finding the "perfect fit" (hopefully it's at School x), and I hope the admissions process isn't too grueling."


Nothing! I know it is sometimes hard to see from the other side of the process (or imagine), but everyone working or attending knows that the process is not easy and takes a lot out of a candidate. It is tricky (from this side) as to whether you should express this or not. I do all the time, but many other people choose not to.

Also, if you are getting frustrated by not getting emails back from adcoms (where you know there are hundreds of people in the process, if not thousands), try waiting till you go to a recruiting event with 20 other people and don't get a response. You have to learn just to brush it off.

Personally in the role I perform I receive a good number of thank you emails, and 95% of the time I cannot see any way I can add anything by responding other than simply confirming I have read the email. It has to end at some point, otherwise you end up in the classic German escalation of thanking people (there are about ten different ways of various expression, in hierarchy, to say "thank you" and "It was a pleasure" in German - it is insane).
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Personally in the role I perform I receive a good number of thank you emails, and 95% of the time I cannot see any way I can add anything by responding other than simply confirming I have read the email. It has to end at some point, otherwise you end up in the classic German escalation of thanking people (there are about ten different ways of various expression, in hierarchy, to say "thank you" and "It was a pleasure" in German - it is insane).


I agree with your logic. Think about if you were writing a thank you letter. No one would send a letter back simply to say you're welcome. I grew up in the midwest and I think it generally causes me to be unfailingly polite, but I got in that thank you/no problem cycle so many times I stopped sending simple thank you e-mails and never reply to say you're welcome. We get enough e-mail these days, we should thank anyone that stops the chain.
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I received a response from my interviewer at Booth, but not from my Wharton interviewer. Knowing how busy they are with coursework and interviews, I wouldn't expect responses.

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New post 24 Nov 2008, 08:10
Thanks for the replies. I do not expect a "you are welcome" reply now :-D

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I got a written thank you note from one of my interviewers, which was a nice touch. I would say the likelihood of getting one is inversely related to the prestige of the school. Schools not in the top 10 or 15 may actually feel more pressure on themselves to sell the school during the interview, but somehow I doubt if HBS or Wharton is sweating whether you really want to come there or not.
But clearly there's not a ton of rhyme or reason to it based on what everyone is reporting, so it probably just comes down to your individual reviewer. I'm fairly sure the adcoml I got the written thank you note from sent it on account of personal or school policy.

They need to factor in treatment for severe neuroses as part of the cost of an MBA.

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I received hand written Thanksgiving cards from all of my interviewers. Is that normal?
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I received hand written Thanksgiving cards from all of my interviewers. Is that normal?


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I received hand written Thanksgiving cards from all of my interviewers. Is that normal?


Completely. In fact, all my family has to do for Thanksgiving is pick up a can of cranberry sauce, as I have received several fully dressed birds, sides, and more pies than you can imagine.

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Yeah, I got a singing telegram too. Rhyme's totally fallible guide to interviewing thread hadn't prepared me for that one. :(

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I received hand written Thanksgiving cards from all of my interviewers. Is that normal?

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