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What to Do After the Interview

If you are serious about getting a job, then you know the interview process isn't over when the door closes behind you. The next 24 hours are critical to demonstrate you are a polished professional who deserves the job. There are three simple steps you can do in order to stand out from the crowd after your next interview.

  1. Get business cards from everyone you interviewed with. The easiest way to do this is to ask for their cards as you are saying your farewells. As you're in the lobby on your way out of the building, take a minute and review the business cards and reflect on your conversations. This is especially important if you've met with more than one person. Jot down unique topics or questions on the back of the business cards – you may want to include an appropriate detail or two in your correspondence.
  2. Next, send each interviewer a thank you email as soon as you get home. Reiterate your interest in the position and thank them for their time. Double check spelling and titles before you hit “send.” Your goal is for them to see your name in their inbox first thing the next morning.
  3. The next day, send a “snail mail” card. This card should do three things. First and foremost, it needs to thank the interviewers again for their time and consideration. It should summarize your strongest qualifications for the job. And it must reiterate your interest in the company.

These points of contact immediately following your interview will show the hiring managers that you are both professional and persistent, two qualities that can work in your favor.

Next, continue to persevere. After these first immediate contacts, you will want to wait a week, then make a phone call to the hiring manager. Thank them again, let them know you are still interested in the job, and ask if you can provide any additional information.

From here until you are either made an offer or are sent a “thank you but no thank you” letter, you should plan on contacting the hiring manager once a week either via phone or email. Consistent, respectful follow up demonstrates two things to the hiring manager. It shows interest, and it demonstrates commitment. As long as you are brief and respectful, most hiring managers appreciate applicants taking time to follow up.

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