Nothing wrong in sending a thank you note for giving chance to attend the interview. Job interview is generally last step or penultimate step toward the selection. However, perfunctoriness of the note will kill spirit behind it. Therefore, the candidate who have mastered art of business writing will certainly have an edge. Please note I have used the word art intentionally, and I have not used the word skill.
'Thank you note' could be used as an opportunity to showcase one's mastery over writing. While refraining from bombasticness, candidate may project the learning caused out of interview and a chance that was given to give replies to the professional questions. Candidate may clarify that disagreements during the interview, if any, were professional in nature.
The Flip Side: - Let us not assume that everyone would be appreciative of the beautifully worded thank you note. What if the interviewer himself/herself is weak in the business writing? Far from appreciating candidate's ability, he/she may frown at candidate's overtness. Though chances are remote, possibility of negative impact of such letter cannot be ruled out!
How beautifully explained! Thank you for your valuable insight.
In this light another relevant subject comes up. After an interview we often hear ‘we will get back to you shortly’. But in occasions we don’t get updates or feedback in a long time. So we follow up through mails. And many times we don’t get a response at all.
May be telephonic discussions are more direct and fruitful. But even then we hear ‘we will let you know in a few days’ which prolongs to a month and even more. As a consequence an employee misses a good opportunity (especially fresher) and the employer loses a good resource.
I mean there can be various reasons for delays in closing a position. Such as pending reference check, pending budget approval from management etc, however is it not like HR should be more proactive in sharing feedback as an employee touch point?
When there are organisations which ensures time to time follow ups till the position is closed. Unfortunately there are exceptions too.