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Interview Etiquette: Is a Handwritten Thank-You Necessary? Legal Professionals Weigh In

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Job seeking lawyers and law students can leverage the low-stress “informational interview” in a number of ways: as a source of firsthand information, as a chance to ask questions inappropriate (e.g., $$) in “real” interviews, and as a way to build self-confidence in the interview setting. The Lawyerist offers a handy set of pointers for the informational interviewee (or is should it be “interviewer”? The infoview features a sort of role reversal, where the job seeker can drive the discussion.)

A point/counterpoint in the Lawyerist comments:

  1. “Great post, except one thing: please don’t send me anything written. From thank you notes to cards, I rarely even open them—they go straight to the trash can.”


  2. “[That view is] in the extreme minority, here. The number of lawyers who actually ignore (or actively despise) paper is extremely small. For the vast majority of us—including in my paperless office—a handwritten thank-you note will always be appreciated more than an e-mail.”

It’s safe to say that #2 is still the prevailing view, although the anti-paper position is probably growing steadily.

–Posted by Brian Dalton, Vault’s Law Blog

Which of the statements do you agree with? Does the rule vary depending on the industry/level of the job? Let us know your thoughts via the comment field below.


Written by Phil Stott

April 1, 2010 at 11:46 am

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  1. I know that when it comes to a regular interview, it is very important to send some kind of follow-up and do so in a very timely manner – at least 24 hours after the interview. In addition, a thank you email should not simply just say thank you and should instead work toward improving upon what was discussed in the interview. It’s the best way to show how committed you are to working for that company. I would send an email first, because it is immediate, and then a hand written letter, so that if that gets lost in the mail or ignored, you always have that email working for you. At the same time, the extra handwritten note keeps you on their radar. Out of sight – out of mind. These are not really my ideas. Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio mentioned them in her webinar last week.


    April 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm

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