You’ve just completed a job interview, and you’re breathing a sigh of relief. But what you do after the interview can be just as important as how you performed during it. With that in mind, here are 13 things you can do after a job interview to help close the deal.
- Ask how you should follow up
Before you leave, ask what the hiring manager’s hiring timeline is and with whom you should follow up.
- Get your interviewers’ contact information
Gathered your interviewers’ business cards or ask the receptionist for the names and email addresses of everyone you met with.
- Get some distance
Get out of the building and walk for a few blocks, so you can get some emotional distance — and avoid bumping into the interviewer.
- Analyze how you did…
Review every detail of the interview. Ask yourself, “What did I say well, and how did the interviewer react? Did I give a weak answer that needs clarifying?” (See #8 to see how to deal with that.)
- … and how you felt about the company
Did anything the interviewer said or did rub you the wrong way? Can you see yourself fitting in at the company?
- Write it all down
Put all your thoughts in writing, especially if you didn’t take notes during the interview. Even if you don’t get this job, you’ll have some takeaways to review as you continue your search.
- Ask your recruiter to follow up
If you worked with a job recruiter, ask them to follow up with your interviewer for feedback.
- Write a fantastic thank–you email
Send a thank–you note by email on the same day if you interview in the morning and by the next morning if you interview in the afternoon. Recap your strengths and address any awkward moments or questions you couldn’t fully answer during the interview. Also, send a separate, personalized email to each person you met.
- 9. Consider whenand howto mail your note
If you had an initial phone-screen interview, an email will suffice. If you interviewed face-to-face at a more traditional organization, consider sending a physical thank–you card in addition.
- 10. Send a tailored LinkedIn connection request
Send a request to your interviewer a day or two after emailing your thank–you note. Make it 300 characters or less to concisely express your gratitude for your interviewer’s time and your continued interest in the role.
- 11. Keep up the search
Even if you “killed it,“ nothing is guaranteed in an interview (unless you get an offer on the spot). But if you think you’d fit in well with that company, look at their competitors and see if they’re hiring.
- 12. Pace your subsequent follow-ups
If your potential employer never provided you with specific information about following up, a good rule of thumb is to touch base about a week after you send your thank-you note. If you were told expressly it was OK to follow up with the hiring manager directly, do this once a week for no more than five weeks.
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