Anonymous User wrote:Whereas a judge I interviewed with in a competitive district said during a second-round interview that he was impressed that that I turned around a personalized thank-you note within hours of the first-round interview being over and ensured that it reached him the next day.
Look at it this way: writing a thank you note can never hurt you (unless you write one with egregious errors or your handwriting looks like you should maybe apply to clerk for a serial killer instead). Failing to write one will probably not hurt you, especially if you are a strong candidate for the job, but writing one is easy as hell to do, and you don't want to take the slim risk that not writing one factors into a judge's decision to go with someone else, right?
I am the original person who asked about this and I disagree. It can hurt you if: (1) you make any
error in it, (2) the judge thinks thank you's are over-personal for interviews, (3) you put your foot in your moth in some other way. For me, personally, the risk I mess it up with a grammatical error/foot-in-my-mouth is greater than the benefit to be gained by writing it. That's not because I'm bad at catching errors, either. It's because I think the gain to be had is so minimal that I'd rather not throw the dice at all.
To add some anecdotal gusto to this, I asked two friends who are clerks/will be clerking. Both did not send thank you notes. One felt that most judges have enough of the decision made (whether someone is in the running) by the time that a thank you note arrives that any gain is small.
So maybe it comes down to the particular judge's proclivities. In the situation I can't discern those proclivities in my interview/convos with clerks, I'm gunna let my resume, interview, and in-person gratitude stand on its own. May God have mercy on my thankless soul.