So you nailed the interview and think you did a pretty darn good job! What’s next? What you do after the interview can make as much of a difference as what you do during the interview. Don’t miss these key steps to getting a job offer.
6 Worth-It Steps For After The Interview
1. Get Their Contact Information
One of the most important things you can do during an interview is asking for your interviewer’s contact information. Even if it is awkward, you are meeting this person and you never know how your paths might cross in the future. Even if you aren’t hired but this is a dream company that you want to work for, you should definitely stay in touch.
As long as you aren’t annoying them weekly, there is no reason that they shouldn’t be willing to give out their contact information. So, each person you interview with, ask them for a business card. Or if they don’t have a card on them, ask them for their email address and write it down. Yes, I know it is weird and awkward especially when they are the ones in control but you want to be able to stay in touch after the interview.
As much as possible, never leave the interviewer’s office without getting their contact information. Usually at the end of the interview they will ask you if you have any questions. That is the time to ask them for a business card if you have any follow-up questions. If they don’t have a business card, ask for their email address. If they say that you can’t contact them, they are probably not someone that you want in your network anyways.
2. Send a Thank You Email Immediately
A simple ‘thank you’ email can make a big difference because so many people forget about this one really simple last step! The best way to follow up is to send an e-mail within 24 hours after the interview. Reiterate why you’re the best choice for the job.
If they specifically say “We will contact you” and give no info, how do you thank them for the interview?
Even if they say “We will contact you,” that doesn’t mean you can’t simply thank them for the interview. Every interview you go on you will learn valuable information about the industry and what you can offer by asking questions. You should be thankful for every interview, even if you disliked the possible job and interviewers. I know I always learn something about myself or what I really want to do in the future after an interview. Plus, every interview you go on, you will find yourself less nervous the next time around. I promise!
3. Send a Thank You Letter
To show the interviewer how serious you are, make use of the snail mail. While emails and phone calls can come across as somewhat cold forms of communication, handwritten notes are warm. In your note, thank them for their time and address a dew things you discussed in the interview. Make sure to tailor the letter to the company you’re sending it.
4. Call for a Status Check
If it takes a while to get a response after the interview, consider following up again. A week after the interview, call the interviewer’s office and, nicely, ask about the status of the job search. If you can’t get a hold of the interviewer, leave a voicemail. And a week after that, send an email basically saying the same thing.
5. Keep Notes
After the interview, write down who you met and the date of the meeting, what you talked about, what you learned, your impressions, and any concerns you have. It’s important to keep to keep track and to stay organized with the contacts you made.
6. Never Overdo It
Whatever you do, don’t keep calling. It is possible to come off as overly pushy. Don’t cold call or email more than once a week. Give them time to respond and be courteous when you’re on the phone with them and do not simply ask, “Did I get the job?”
What success strategies do you have for after the interview? Share in the comments below!
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