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.
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 down things you noticed in the interview that are important to you. Did they mention opportunities for growth or promotion? Did you like the people you would work with regularly? Write down any questions that are still lingering. These can be good to ask if you have another interview or in a follow up email.
Write a thank you note
Write a thank you note within two days of your interview to reiterate your interest in the position/organization. Carefully proofread any thank-you notes you send, and try to reference something specific you liked or found interesting in your interview.
Email Thank You
Dear Mayah Stewart,
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today for the Nonprofit Leadership Internship. It was a pleasure to virtually meet you and hear more about the opportunities available at The Borgen Project. I am excited about this internship and will continue to pursue supporting your organization.
I enjoyed speaking with other professionals on the call and learning how each role works together to successfully contribute to the team. My political science courses have given me a foundational knowledge of government affairs and campaigning. I believe my Social Media Chair role on campus will also allow me to contribute to the creative promotion of the The Borgen Project.
Thank you again for the consideration for this position, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out.Sincerely,Lilo Stitch
Physical Thank You
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. It can also be a great time to reaffirm your interest in the position or company and to ask any lingering questions from the interview.
Interview Follow Up Example
Dear Ms. Knope,
I am writing to follow up about the Fisheries Biologist Intern position that we spoke about a few weeks ago. Thank you again for your time! I enjoyed hearing about the Louisiana Department or Wildlife and Fisheries and the close-knit team this intern position would collaborate with day-to-day.
I’m very interested in this opportunity and wanted to inquire about my status in the interview process. Please let me know as soon as you’re able.
I look forward to hearing from you.Best,Lucy Garcia
Even if you're not interested in the position, always respond to emails or phone calls professionally to leave a positive impression. 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.