After the Interview


Follow-up/Thank you

To put yourself in the best position to get the job you are after, it's important to follow-up with the company after your interview.

First you must decide whether to write a hand-written note or to email your follow-up.  

  • This can depend on the company's culture
  • How fast the decision process is moving
    • In this case, if the process is moving very quickly, you will want to approach a follow-up with an email vs. a hand-written letter which may take days to reach the company

Basic Essentials of a Follow-Up Letter

  • Thank the hiring manager or the interviewer for their time 
  • Reiterate why you are the best candidate for the position you are applying to
  • State that you are looking forward to the next step in the interviewing process

No Response from Company?

No callback or response after a job interview? Don't fret. You may have felt like you nailed the phone interview but some things are sometimes are out control due to behind the scene situations. 

  • First off, don't take it personally. The hiring manager could be on vacation or they are still conducting interviews on phase one. Instead of immediately thinking you said something wrong, realize that a lot of things in the job interviewing process are out of your control. So the silence after all may not reflect on you at all. 
  • After a phone interview or site interview, take advantage of the ending and ask when you can expect to hear back about the next steps. This shows you are interested and that you are wanting to move forward in the process. Also, you can say that you understand how work can get busy and that somethings can get stalled, so you are going to follow up with them by a certain date. 
  • Form a relationship with the job recruiter or hiring manager on social media. Staying in touch could lead to forming a relationship and this could lead to a potential job down the road even if you get rejected for the first job you applied for. Job seekers need to have three characteristics when job seeking; patience, flexibility, and persistence.