Five Things to Do After a Job Interview

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If you think you nailed that interview or the recruiter said "keep in touch," don't just sit and wait for the phone to ring with a job offer. Instead, it's important to be proactive to increase the odds of getting a second interview or landing a job offer.

1. Interview Assessment

Immediately after completing an interview, write up a summary of the questions you were asked along with your answers. This will preserve a record of your responses for future reference if you secure a follow-up interview.

Also, note what you wish you had said but didn't get the opportunity to mention.

In addition, this interview assessment will provide you with details to address in your follow-up communications as well as help you identify any problem areas in your presentation to improvement for future interviews.

2. Document Contact Information and Next Steps

At the conclusion of the interview, ask about the process moving forward. Will they be contacting candidates in a week for a second interview? Making a decision in ten days? Know what to expect so you can determine when to follow up.

If you were interviewed by multiple people, record any useful information or particular concerns raised by each person. Make a note of the interviewers' names and contact information or later ask the person who coordinated the interview for those details.

3. Follow Up After an Interview

Decisions about candidates are often made quickly, so it's important to send your follow-up email immediately, the same day if possible.

Mention these elements in your communication:

1. An assertion that you believe the position is an excellent fit and that you would welcome the opportunity to join their organization. Include a brief summary of one or two sentences indicating why the position is an excellent match given your assets and interests.

2. Supply any additional information to address areas of concern which you were unable to fully address in the interview. This might include a work sample demonstrating your competence in a key area of employer concern.

3. Express your appreciation for the opportunity to meet, and if possible, compose slightly different personalized emails noting some helpful that was shared by each individual.

In addition, consider forwarding a separate communication expressing your gratitude to any helpful support staff person. Those staffers have more influence than you might think when it comes to hiring decisions.

4. Connect Online

You're potentially creating a long-term relationship with this interviewer, even if you don't secure the immediate job opening. Connect through LinkedIn by finding an opening for connection based on a discussion that arose during your interview. Perhaps you mentioned a newspaper article relevant to their business that you'd like to forward, for instance.

5. Notify Your References

If you haven't already, alert your references that they might receive a call and summarize your case for the job and any points you want them to stress in their recommendation. If any of your strong supporters have a contact within your prospective company, consider exploring their willingness to make an unsolicited endorsement on your behalf.