There's nothing wrong with being an optimist, but we also need to be clear, honest and direct when communicating with others.
While most professionals agree that sending a post-interview follow-up is common courtesy, when you add unnecessary barriers to your hiring process you risk coming off as a sociopathic weirdo, among other considerations:
Despite it being right at the top of the job description, as Human Resources professionals we sometimes forget to allow ourselves to actually be human. We hold ourselves to a higher standard since we need to set an example for our employees, often internalizing our emotions in the process.
Women are fighting back, whether it's in our offices and schools, on the red carpet, or within the halls of Congress. Like others before us, the up and coming generation of millennial women recognize the value of bringing their authentic selves to the workplace
I don't remember every detail from my first HR course but there is one lesson that stuck with me to this day: Don't be a Toby. Yes that's right, my professor was referring to Toby Flenderson, the HR foil to over-the-top Dunder Mifflin Regional Manager Michael Scott.