What should you do after a job interview to ensure your best chance of success?
Although most job seekers do a lot of prep before their interview, few do much, if anything, once it’s all over. But making contact after your job interview, provided you go about it the right way, will keep your meeting fresh in an employer’s mind and can help seal the deal. Here are a few ideas for improving your chances of getting a call-back.
Send a thank you note
Sending a brief note or email thanking the interviewer for their time demonstrates that you are serious about getting the job. These days, thank you emails are much more common than handwritten notes, but if the company or hiring manager seems more traditional they may appreciate a personal touch.
Make sure you include the hiring manager’s name, the job title and a brief mention of any specifics that were discussed during the interview. You can close by expressing your appreciation for the opportunity, reiterating your interest in the position and leaving your contact details.
Follow up on something you discussed during the interview
The thank you email or note also gives you a chance to follow up on any interview questions you feel you didn’t answer as well as you could have.
If it feels appropriate to do so, you could also include a sample of your work that you didn’t have time to get into during the interview, or maybe even include a link to a book or article that relates to a topic you discussed.
Be patient and follow instructions
Although waiting to hear back is probably the most uncomfortable part of the process, if you were told you would hear back within two weeks, don’t call the hiring manager two days later and ask if they have reached a decision yet.
Checking in repeatedly after you were told to wait can be seen as overly aggressive and could even ruin your chances of being chosen.
Once you’ve sent your thank-you note, try to be patient and follow the instructions you were given. If you don’t hear back at the appointed time you probably weren’t chosen for the job, but you can still call or leave a message to get a confirmation.
Learn from your mistakes
After each job interview, it’s a good idea to make a checklist of what you feel went well and also what you would like to do better the next time around. Even if you don’t ace every job interview you go to, you can still learn something valuable from each one.
If you’re notified that the job has gone to someone else, you can thank the hiring manager for letting you know and ask if they would be willing to provide any feedback on how your interview went and what you could do in the future to improve your chances of being hired.