We've discussed whether or not a person should write thank-you notes after interviews a few times here at FMF (for background, see The Most Overlooked Step in the Job-Hunting Process, An HR Professional Recommends Thank You Notes, and Great Thoughts on Thank You Notes). Now US News weighs in on the subject listing "skipping the thank-you note" as one of . Their thoughts:
Your interview is over and you plan to follow up a week later. Did you forget anything? A thank-you note, while it won’t guarantee you get the job, usually does leave a favorable impression with the hiring manager. And it just might be the one thing that makes you stand out from the other applicants. You should send this out within a day or two of the job interview.
Here's the bottom-line IMO:
- No, sending in a thank-you note will not get you a job if you're not qualified for it, if there was clearly a better candidate, etc.
- Then again, job opportunities often come down to a few (or even two) candidates that have different but compelling qualities that make them a potential hire. A simple thank-you note might be the small thing that puts you over the top if you're in this group.
- I don't think you have to send a note to everyone you meet that day -- simply the "key" people.
- There's not much cost to sending a note, so why not? It can't hurt, right?
- An email thank-you is better than nothing, but hand-written is better IMO (especially with older hiring managers). That said, I think email is becoming more and more accepted even for something like this.
Any thoughts to add?