No "downside" really exists for sending a thank you note after a job interview, although most job candidates don’t bother to do it. Sending a thank you — if done reasonably well — will definitely not hurt your chances at a job.
Worst case, your thank you will be ignored.
Best case, it will improve the impression you left after the interview, making you stand out from your competitors. Few job candidates send thank yous.
Writing Your Best Thank You
Regardless of how the interview happened — in person, over the telephone, at lunch, or via an online video — a prompt thank you note, to each participant, is appropriate.
When you get home from your job interview, hang up the phone, or disconnect from Skype, look at your job interview notes, dig in, and write your thank you immediately.
In most — but not all — circumstances, email is acceptable.
The Value of Thank You(s)…
Of course, a lot of job seekers think that writing a thank you letter is a waste of time, and hopefully the job seekers you compete with have that attitude — because it is wrong.
A recent CareerBuilder survey** showed that 22% of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who does not send a thank you, and 91% like being thanked, according to an Accountemps survey*. So, you can be pretty sure that sending a thank you note won’t hurt your chances at the job.
Let’s look at the value of this thank you :
Impresses employers with your follow-through.
Shows courtesy toward the interviewer.
Shows your understanding of professional courtesy.
Conveys your interest in the position.
Provides you an opportunity to get back in front of the employer again, in case you have faded from the memory of an employer who met too many people too quickly
Allows you to introduce information that you neglected to mention in the interview.
Allows you to clarify anything that you don’t think you communicated well during the interview.
Demonstrates your skill at written (or emailed) communications.
Meets your competition so you don’t lose an opportunity simply because your competitor sent a thank you.
In the end, you have much more to gain than to lose by writing the thank you notes. And, if you don’t write the thank you, you may blow the opportunity nearly 25% of the time (yikes !).