You have finished your interview and you think it went well. What’s next?
Here are 8 things you should do after your interview:
Understand their process – Before you leave ask about their timeline and the decision process and find out who you need to follow up with.
Get business cards – Be sure you get the cards of each person you met.
Don’t call your friends or family in the elevator – you don’t know everyone in the company and just might say the wrong thing and ruin your chances. Wait until you’re in your car.
Reflect on how you did – honestly assess the interview and how you felt you answered the questions. Gauge the reactions of the interviewers. Is there something you missed, could have said better or need to clarify? Recommend that you write down your thoughts and important details you discussed.
Did you like the job? After meeting people in the company and getting a better sense of the job duties and the people you would be working with, is this the job you want and is it the right fit for you?
Thank you note to seal the deal – you would be surprised how many people do not write follow up thank you notes. You can send an email or handwritten note, whichever you choose it needs to be sent the same day of the interview. Be sure to personalize each note and cover something unique from the interview and why you are the right person for the job. See our thank you note blog post for more tips on this important step.
Follow-up – be proactive and follow up. Email or call 3- 5 business days after the interview. Make the contact brief – you’re just checking in to find out how the process is going. Be polite, professional. This keeps you in their mind.
Have Patience – waiting to hear back can feel like forever and is stressful. Your instinct might be to call daily or keep emailing. Don’t. It’s a process and it takes time.
These tips will help you stand out and will improve your chances of moving forward in the process. However, no matter how great this job might be, it’s not yours yet so you need to keep up your job hunt while you wait to see if the offer comes through.
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