The interview is over and you can relax...? Not quite! There are some very important and often overlooked follow-up activities to complete. Doing so will not only allow you to demonstrate your professionalism, but will also keep you at the forefront of the employer's thoughts and therefore increase your chances of getting the job.
Conduct a self-evaluation of the interview.
Make notes on your performance and questions that were difficult for you to answer. Research how to handle such questions in the event you encounter them in future interviews.
Write a thank you note.
Write a thank you note within two days of your interview (see the example below), to reiterate your interest in the position/organization. Email thank you notes, sent the day of the interviewer, are increasingly more acceptable by hiring managers. Email also allows your appreciation to be shown immediately, which is great if the company wants to make a hiring decision promptly. Make sure your email message does not contain any errors – and sending a hand-written note the next day (also error-free!) can be an additional nice touch.
Keep in touch.
It is appropriate to call if you haven't heard from the employer within the time frame you were given to expect a response. You can say something along the lines of: "You mentioned that you were hoping to make a hiring decision by the end of the week, and I wanted to follow up and see where you are in that process."
Return calls/answer emails.
Even if you're not interested in the position, such a professional courtesy can leave a positive impression of you. There may be other opportunities with that company in the future, or the interviewer could become part of your professional network. Don't burn any bridges! Make sure the message on your voice mail is professional, and always answer the phone in an enthusiastic, positive tone in case an employer is calling.
Sample Thank-You Note