You wore the right clothes, answered all the questions, and made the best impression possible – you’ve just finished a job interview and now you’re wondering what to do next. What happens after a job interview is as important as what happens during it. Not taking the right steps after a successful job interview could lead to you being overlooked or missed completely during the review process. Here are three vital steps you should consider adding to your post-interview routine:
Send a “Thank You” Note
One of the best ways to make a lasting impression after your interview is to send a “thank you” note to your interviewer. Interviewers are rarely thanked for the opportunity and their time. Personalize the note as best you can and opt for regular mail if possible. Not only will a thank you note express your gratitude, but it will keep you and your qualifications at the top of the employer’s mind.
Make Notes on the Interview and the Hiring Process
Next, write down the key points from the interview. Note any questions that were asked and how you answered them. This is very important because you may be asked the same or similar questions in future interviews. Recalling your answers will help you remain consistent in the future while allowing you to expand on your previous answers.
This is also the time to make a list of the pros and cons of the hiring process from your perspective. Noting what you liked and did not like about the process from beginning to end, including the structure, the location, etc., will be valuable for your future interviews as well as information that may help the company down the road.
Prepare for Your Follow-up Interview
While you wait to hear back from the interviewer, take time to brainstorm additional questions you’ll want to bring up if you get a follow-up interview. This is the time to formulate questions about salary, perks, benefits, scheduling, dress code, and any other aspects of employment you didn’t learn about during the first interview. Also, do some additional research about the company, its policies, and values. Look for information that can better prepare you for onboarding, including any manuals or training information available online or through professional connections on sites such as LinkedIn.
Remember, everything takes time. Though waiting to hear back from a prospective employer can be stressful, you can make the process more positive and fruitful by making these three things part of your interview routine.
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