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FOLLOW-UP: After the Interview

Actions taken after the interview can be as important as the interview itself. Employers have probably interviewed several, if not hundreds, of applicants and now must decide which ones to call back or ultimately hire. One action to take after the interview is send a thank you note. Do not just send one to the interviewer, but also others in the organization that might have assisted in setting up the interview. Also include thank you letters for everyone who did the interviewing. If there were multiple interviewers, send each a different, individualized, thank you. This will show general interest in the job and may be something other candidates have not done. Sending thank you letters will put a more permanent image in the interviewer's mind. They could make the difference that will get you the job. The following are a few ideas that should be included in the thank you letter.
  • Thank the employer for his or her time during the interview.
  • Mention some of the things you learned during the interview, especially those things you feel you are qualified to do.
  • If you forgot to mention something during the interview, include it in the thank you note.
  • Invite the employer to contact you for more information if necessary.
  • Mention that you are looking forward to the employer's decision.
  • Send requested material. If the employer requested that you submit additional paperwork, you may attach it to the thank you letter. Be sure to mention the attachments in your letter: "As requested, I am forwarding letters of recommendation and certification materials."
  • Be sure to sign your thank you letter.

Sending a follow-up thank you should help in gaining the interviewer's final attention and demonstrating your commitment. However, there is still one more important thing that must be done after the interview has taken place. You need to carefully evaluate your performance in the interview. Evaluate how well you think you answered questions, how well you maintained eye contact, the appropriateness of your posture, and the quality of as well as response from the questions you asked during the interview. Write down any questions that caught you off guard and practice a better response for the next interview. Analyze all the times you were uncomfortable and see how you could handle similar situations in the future. This is the best way to improve your interviewing skills.

Make sure both of these tasks get completed after an interview. They are critically important to obtaining the job. Failure to send an appropriate thank you letter could result in the person who did send one getting the job. And if you don't evaluate your performance on the last interview, you will be unlikely to improve your future interviews.


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