how bad could it be not sending a follow-up email after interview

09-Oct-13, 14:35
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by TerryCH
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posted about 7 years ago
Hi all

Nearly two weeks ago I attend an interview for a postdoc position. It was not successful at the end. In retrospect, I indeed did not answer some questions well and there had been things that I should have mentioned therein. But at the moment I thought perhaps among those worst aspects of my performance was that I failed to send an appreciation email as to follow up the interview immediately after being informed of the result. If the panel had already decide to exclude me because of my working competence during the interview, this mistake could matter less; in that case, after all, they would not think of having me in their faculty. But what if they thought I did have potential but just another candidate was more suitable for the specific position? Will this affect their future decision in my future job application in their group?

I'd appreciate your replies, thoughts and suggestions?


11-Oct-13, 10:25
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by Reenie
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posted about 7 years ago
Hi TerryCH, to be honest, I don't think sending a follow up email would be too crucial.

Does anyone with postdoc experience want to comment?
12-Oct-13, 13:45
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posted about 7 years ago
I agree with Reenie - the email wouldn't make much difference.
12-Oct-13, 14:28
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by TerryCH
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posted about 7 years ago
Thanks Reenie and metabanalysis for your replies. Good to know that it does not matter much.
13-Oct-13, 12:10
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by thiya
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posted about 7 years ago
Not at all crucial :)
13-Oct-13, 15:51
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posted about 7 years ago
I'd agree with everyone else but with one caveat in case it helps anyone in future - apparently it is the norm to send such an email in the US. That said I very much doubt it would be an important consideration in a decision.


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