Are there risks to sending hand-written thank-you notes?
I just finished an interview, which was a conference call with 3 interviewers, who are scattered all in different cities throughout the US. I don't have their addresses, so I was planning to just send email thank-you notes. But when I mentioned to the recruiter that I usually send hand-written notes, he said "I can't remember the last time I've heard of someone doing that" and went on to say he would never recommend sending notes through the mail because email gets right to the person (without going through an admin or getting lost by USPS, etc.) and gets there much faster. He strongly discouraged it.
I guess I agree with M&M that a hand-written note is much more memorable, and I typically write them in my car right after the interview so I can mail them immediately, even so it could take a few days to get there and there's a chance it doesn't get there. Do these potential downsides
Especially in this case I'd have to agree with the recruiter -- it could take 4 or 5 days for a hand-written note to get to them (even if I had their addresses). It's very possible they'd already make a decision for 2nd round interviews before they even received it. And what if 2 get there and one doesn't, etc.? Wondering how others have resolved these pros and cons. It doesn't seem like you'd ever do both, so it's either one or the other?
I always assumed you'd get the best of both worlds by sending the first one written and then follow-up by email (or by phone -- either way immediate), but I'd hate to miss a chance to have them receive it before they make decisions about moving to the next round, etc.