« on: September 12, 2008, 08:10:00 AM »
If your school says not to send thank you emails, and you go ahead and do it, then you are a d-bag.
Your thank you e-mails did not hurt, but you can send thank you e-mails all day long and not have the grades. I think the only time I'd send a sincere thank you e-mail is if my grades and resume were "too good" for a firm that I was really interested in to express sincere interest to avoid yield-protection.
But the decision is usually made before you'd even have time to send a thank you note. And, if a hiring committee convenes once a week during callbacks, I can't imagine anyone saying "Well, he sure didn't seem like a good fit. But he did send a thank you e-mail! Let's give him an offer!"
I think you're missing the point; it's not about doing it to try to have a better chance of getting a callback or offer, it's about being polite and grateful for the time spent discussing the prospect of working with you.
I also don't think the OP would be a "d-bag" if he sent thank you notes against the advice of his CDO; career development offices are notoriously bad, and if this was just "advice" rather than a prescription of how they MUST behave, I don't see what the big deal is in defying their suggestion.