Recently, I read a blogpost on a jobseeker site asking on advice on interviews. This candidate mentioned that s/he wrote a handwritten thank you note to each one of the hiring managers after the 1st interview process. S/he thought it was a nice touch and made his/her candidacy different than the other candidates that interviewed for the same position. Did it really or did s/he just ruin his/her chances at the job? S/he knew that most job candidates will write a generic quick e-mail to the hiring managers thanking them for their time. This person was applying for a job in Marketing.
With today's day and age of computers, Internet and social media, I believe the days of hand-written notes looks cheap and unprofessional. Sure, some might consider it creative and unique, but most of the candidates that I have placed have either still got the job with just a quick e-mail thank you or follow up. Recently, I did recieve a hand-written thank you note from a Financial Advisor after I talked with him (or shrugged him off) briefly over the phone. I immediately thought that this was unprofessional and threw his note right in the garbage. Maybe he was providing a service I didnt need at this time? Most importantly, I thought it looked cheap and that the Financial Advisor can't afford a computer.
Maybe my view is skewed on this - since this world is moving towards technology and being more internet friendly. Maybe there is a place for hand written notes in different industry sectors (Marketing being one of them). What I've found is that hand written notes are not useful in any way and just makes the candidate look cheap and unprofessional.