You knocked it out of the park in the interview and your resume couldn't have been more perfect.
But, now you sit and wait.
Want to take a bit more of a handle of the situation? Rest assured, there is proper after-interview etiquette that can not only show your appreciation for the interviewer and company's time, but to help keep you top of mind.
Check out our handy-dandy slide deck on the top 10 things you must do after every job!
A few days following the interview, send the manager a follow-
up note via e-mail or for the personal touch through snail mail.
Don’t just thank the manager for his time; instead, reiterate
that you are very much interested in the position. Be sure to
add a few additional points from what you discussed during
When the interview concludes, inquire about the timeline.
This includes getting a firm or prospective date about when the
manager plans to make his or her decision. By doing so,
you create your own sense of when it would be appropriate to
If you feel your interview went less than ideal, take a moment
reflect on the experience. What would you have done
differently? Was there one questions or comment that you
wish you could do over? Keep it positive!
Be sure to check in with the hiring manager periodically to find
out the status of the hiring process. Keep the follow-up within
the time-frame given to you, but don’t check-in daily or even
every other day. Spread out your inquiries and don’t sound
aggressive or anxious during them.
After the interview, there will be time to reflect about whether
the job is actually right for you. Ask yourself if you are the
right fit for the job, if the people and culture of the new job
work for you, and, most importantly, if you would be happy
working there. Sometimes, interviewees realize the job is not
right for them, or that there are better opportunities, once they
reflect after an interview.
The hiring process takes longer than you might think. "US
News & World Report" points out that hiring for a position has
numerous hurdles, such as hiring managers going out of town,
scheduling issues and human resources delays to name a few.
Be patient during your wait, and don’t assume that just
because you haven’t heard anything means you didn’t get the
Don’t stop looking for work while waiting on one interview no
matter how well you feel the interview went. There might be
other candidates in the same position. Continue to send out
applications and resumes, and setup more interviews while
waiting to hear back about interviews already completed.
Don’t sit by the phone or constantly worry about past
interviews. After the interview is over, and you have completed
your follow-ups, move on mentally. If the employer doesn’t
call, don't waste time and energy stressing over a position you
Never make excuses for an error, but you can explain one in a
follow-up letter to the employer. If you felt your answers to
interview questions were poor or that you left something out,
send a professional follow-up letter that explains this to the
hiring manager. Only do so if you know the hiring manager
made a note of your poor answers.
You might feel your interview went poorly, but don’t
automatically assume the hiring manager thought the same.
You should never apologize to a hiring manager if you think
your interview went poorly. The only possible exceptions
would include a slip-up such as referring to the hiring manager
by the wrong name.
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