To each his own, but that's not the way it works at all firms. Some have strict policies of interviewing all candidates before extending any offers.
he's on another thread taunting someone with no offers.
i hope i have this problem, but email? seems impersonal and unprofessional. i would be offended if a firm notified me of a ding by email. calling, too, would be awkward.shucks, i'm so fortunate to be so low class that i took the only offers i got so i was saved from this awkward situation.why not send an email that personally describes reasons followed by a formal letter to confirm?congrats on the multiple offers.
the reality is that they aren't going to consider you next year even if you apply because you dinged them the year before.
I just checked with Career Services at HLS and was told to CALL in a decline, to the person who originally made the offer! And to be polite, etc. and say positive things about the firm. So as to avoid burning bridges..