Congratulations! You’ve filled out your applications, completed your interview, and the end is in sight. While much of the work is already complete, there are a few steps still to be done that can better your chance of getting that much desired offer letter.
1. Make sure you close your interview by continuing to express your interest in the position. This is also a good time to ask about the next steps in the interview/selection process and if there is anything the interviewer needs from you.
2. Ask what the best way to keep in touch is. Some hiring managers prefer email to keep in touch with candidates while others expect a good old fashioned phone call. You don’t want to be a bother, but it is a good idea to touch base with your interviewer about a week after the interview if you haven’t heard any news from them.
3. Notify your references. It is important to make sure they are ready to give a reference and are expecting a phone call from XYZ Company. You don’t want your reference to be caught off guard with a phone call from a hiring manager as they may not give as great a reference if they are unprepared.
4. Send a thank you. Email the people that you met with as soon as possible after the interview. Follow this email up with a handwritten card to each person you met within 24 hours after your interview. Since the note may take several days to reach the interviewer’s desk, this is a good way to stay fresh in the hiring manager’s mind.
5. Take notes on your interview. Be sure to write down any questions/comments/concerns that you can address if you are invited back for another interview or to keep in mind if you are offered the job. You want to make the most informed decision possible and not accept something in the heat of the moment that you may regret down the road.
6. Don’t put your eggs all in one basket. Regardless of how well you think the interview went, keep searching and applying to more jobs until you formally accept a job offer. You never know whether circumstances regarding the position could change and what else is going on in the background of the organization.
Remember, searching for a new job is hard work. Don’t get discouraged if the first position you interviewed for doesn’t pan out. Keep at it, and all your hard work will be sure to pay off in the long run.