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 within two days of your interview (see the example below), to reiterate your interest in the position/organization.
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.
ALWAYS return calls/answer emails from prospective employers. 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. You do not want to burn any bridges! Also, make sure the message on your voicemail/answering machine is professional, and always answer the phone in an enthusiastic, positive voice in case an employer is calling.
ALWAYS send a thank you letter after a job interview. A handwritten letter, on a note card with a conservative design, is preferable; a typewritten letter is acceptable. Emailed thank you messages are generally acceptable, although a handwritten note is preferable to either of the above.
Sample Thank-You Note