Post-Interview Communication

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Programs 2-5

Anybody know!?!

Anonymous (not verified)
asdf

Anonymous User wrote:
Assuming most programs aren't like Dartmouth, and post-interview communication is encouraged. I imagine we should contact our top 5. What to say to the number 1 is obvious, but what do you say to #2-#5? What wording, exactly, do you use?Also- any word on second looks? What is the consensus opinion out there?
If you haven't mailed something today, it's not likely to arrive before their holidays anyway. Say something flattering and heartfelt without using the letters words "number one."  You really aren't supposed to say that, anyway. If the volume was impressive say that. If you thought they had broad research opportunities you could say that too. Any personal connections to the area are worth noting.I got nice letters from Michigan and Hopkins and post-interview solicitation for feedback from Cleveland. The letters might be codified but I'd have no idea as I have not compared mine to other applicants' and don't care to do so. Neither am I interested in interfacing with the PDs/Chairs for the purpose of improving my standing by gaming the system, but others might be. 

Anonymous (not verified)
Awesome

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Anonymous User wrote:
Assuming most programs aren't like Dartmouth, and post-interview communication is encouraged. I imagine we should contact our top 5. What to say to the number 1 is obvious, but what do you say to #2-#5? What wording, exactly, do you use?Also- any word on second looks? What is the consensus opinion out there?
If you haven't mailed something today, it's not likely to arrive before their holidays anyway. Say something flattering and heartfelt without using the letters words "number one."  You really aren't supposed to say that, anyway. If the volume was impressive say that. If you thought they had broad research opportunities you could say that too. Any personal connections to the area are worth noting.I got nice letters from Michigan and Hopkins and post-interview solicitation for feedback from Cleveland. The letters might be codified but I'd have no idea as I have not compared mine to other applicants' and don't care to do so. Neither am I interested in interfacing with the PDs/Chairs for the purpose of improving my standing by gaming the system, but others might be. 
 Bravo!  I'm so sick of the games.  I will be doing the same as you; being honest and sending sincere, heartfelt messages.

Anonymous (not verified)
...don't agree

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Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Assuming most programs aren't like Dartmouth, and post-interview communication is encouraged. I imagine we should contact our top 5. What to say to the number 1 is obvious, but what do you say to #2-#5? What wording, exactly, do you use?Also- any word on second looks? What is the consensus opinion out there?
If you haven't mailed something today, it's not likely to arrive before their holidays anyway. Say something flattering and heartfelt without using the letters words "number one."  You really aren't supposed to say that, anyway. If the volume was impressive say that. If you thought they had broad research opportunities you could say that too. Any personal connections to the area are worth noting.I got nice letters from Michigan and Hopkins and post-interview solicitation for feedback from Cleveland. The letters might be codified but I'd have no idea as I have not compared mine to other applicants' and don't care to do so. Neither am I interested in interfacing with the PDs/Chairs for the purpose of improving my standing by gaming the system, but others might be. 
 Bravo!  I'm so sick of the games.  I will be doing the same as you; being honest and sending sincere, heartfelt messages.
Bah, if a program is your number 1 spot don't hesitate letting them know it, there is no rule that says you can't let a program know. I don't think that's playing any "game" like you say, just open and honest communication.