Repetition probably cannot hurt when providing free advice. Below is this week’s Monday Mailbag question concerning follow-up along with LegalJob’s response.
Q: I just came back from a decent half-day interview with about six or seven of the people in the practice group and two others from firm management. I think it all went well and I am hoping to get a call back soon. My question is do I send my thank you e-mail to everyone I met or just the people that I would be working with?
No e-mails! Demonstrate that you are the type of person that always goes the extra step no matter the task. Take the time to type a short letter of thanks and write to every person with whom you met. Yes, everyone, including the human resources person and perhaps other admin types to the extent you spent any time talking with them (or they helped you in any way, like they took your coat). The perfect letter will be short while conveying that you were actually paying close attention to the person while they were talking. Did they mention something about their practice? Something they appreciate about the firm? Hopefully, you remembered to ask a meaningful question or two, and if so, and you liked the answer, perhaps you can comment on that. Also, include a sentence or two about how exactly you can contribute immediately (and you are able to answer that after learning today some new piece of information about the firm).
Try to write the letter within hours of meeting everyone so the details are fresh and make sure to drop in the mail (may make sense to go to the post office to ensure quickest delivery) that night or the next morning. If possible, you may also consider dropping by the firm the next morning to deliver your letters personally to the front desk (with everyone’s name typed on separate envelopes). Separate yourself from the pack!