We've debated on and off whether or not a thank you note benefits you in any way after an interview (see Real-Life Value of a Written Thank You Note and Great Thoughts on Thank You Notes.) Wise Bread joins the conversation with these thoughts from an :
"A good handwritten thank you note to the hiring manager can go a long way. Emails are OK but not as effective. Pick up a business card after the interview and send a note within a day or so. Cite a couple reasons why you're an ideal candidate and possibly reference a discussion point from the interview. It can do wonders. Be sure to use your best penmanship. Sloppy handwriting looks, well, sloppy. There's no need to send a separate note to the HR rep or recruiter. It can't hurt you, but they get plenty as it is."
Here's where I'm netting out on this issue:
1. It's pretty easy to send a thank you note.
2. It can't hurt you unless you say something stupid and/or have sloppy writing -- so take your time, think about what you want to say, and write it neatly.
3. Taking an extra 15 minutes (if that) to do this could separate you from the pack and make the difference between getting hired and not getting hired. So why not do it?
What's your take on this?