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Ann Israel is the legal profession’s Dear Abby. A New York legal recruiter since 1979, Ann is a past president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Advice for the Lawlorn is updated every Tuesday.


Q:I have a follow-up question about your column last week on post-interview thank-you notes. I agree with your recommendation to send handwritten thank-you notes to interviewers after the interview. But I am concerned that if I send a handwritten note via postal mail, it will arrive far after the interviewer has already given his/her evaluation of me as a candidate. I am an associate at a large law firm, and when I interview a candidate, I must complete my evaluation of them by the end of the day that I’ve met them. I imagine many other firms employ similar policies.

To address this problem, when interviewing, do you recommend that a candidate send an e-mail thank you as well as a handwritten thank-you note? I would like for my interviewers to receive my thank you before making a decision on my candidacy — it seems like a nicely written thank-you note can provide an additional positive impression of a candidate, as well as allow the candidate to express his/her continued interest in the firm.

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