Do’s and Don’ts After the Interview

Things you do after the interview can influence a firm to hire you or to turn to someone else. Here are a few things to remember to do and not do.

  • Obtain a business card from everyone you meet at the interview so that you can address them properly when you send them a thank you e­mail
  • Send a thank you letter via e­mail to the people you met with. Express your interest in the job and reinforce why you believe you are qualified to be hired.
  • Don’t send the same thank you note to everyone. Personalize it.
  • Spell check and grammar check the e­mail before sending it. I receive so many e­mails with lazy spelling mistakes.
  • Establish contact with your references to ensure that they will be supportive of your candidacy and to hear what they have to say about you. If their reference is lukewarm, replace them with someone else. Lukewarm references are as useful as having a bad reference.
  • Follow up after a few days to continue to express interest and to determine the timetable for making a decision. Be patient and don’t call too often.
  • People often make the mistake of putting all their efforts on hold when they did well on the interview. The problem is that sometimes a job goes “on hold” or “the perfect candidate” walks in the door and you’re rejected for the job. Keep looking Keep interviewing. Keep networking.
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