After Your Interview
Four Simple Steps for Post-Interview Success
Ever walk out of a killer interview and find yourself pondering proper follow-up protocol?
You’re not alone. It can be a slippery slope navigating the balance between eager interest and
total stalker, and the hard truth is there’s no perfect recipe for guaranteed success. There are,
however, a few simple steps you can take to put your mind at ease and stand out as a serious
candidate for any position.
Step One: Inquire About the Timeline Before You Leave
Show your enthusiasm! It’s perfectly acceptable, and probably preferable, to ask your
potential employer for clarification about what their hiring process will look like and how
long it might take. It will help put your mind at ease, while reinforcing the idea that
you’re eager to move forward. You can say something like, “I’m curious what comes
next and what the timeframe is for your decision-making process?”
"If you said you would check in via email in one week, check in via email in one week."
Step Two: Send a Thank You Note
In the 24 hours following your interview, take some time to send an individual thank you
note to each person with whom you interviewed. Handwritten is ideal, but an email is, of
course, better than nothing! Try to connect with and include something specific that you
felt grateful for during the interview. For example, “I really appreciated you taking the
time to explain more about the company culture and show me around the building. I felt
so excited to learn that everyone does yoga together on Thursday afternoons.”
Depending on what response you received to your timeline inquiry from Step One,
include a closing line about when and how you will follow up and check in about
Step Three: Follow Up!
Be true to your word. If you said you would check in via email in one week, check in via
email in one week. This is your opportunity to showcase not only your continued interest
in the position, but your accountability and communication skills. Try to be courteous
and connective, but to the point. If you’re checking in via telephone, be sure to ask, “Do
you have five minutes to touch base about the progress of your hiring process right
now?” If the answer is no, it’s okay to ask, “When would be a good time to call back?”
Expert Tip: Look around on the company’s website and social media accounts for
something relevant to relate about. For example, “I found your latest blog post about
reclaiming currency so insightful! I particularly loved the line about XYZ.”
Step Four: Keep Searching
It’s never wise to keep all your eggs in one basket, as they say, so don’t limit yourself and
your career opportunities. Keep searching while waiting to hear back, because you might
just come across something that’s even more meant to be than the position for which
you’ve just interviewed. Plus—two offers put you in a good place to potentially negotiate
salary and benefits.
Most importantly, remember not to be too hard on yourself. If one employer isn’t a
perfect fit, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a million other organizations searching for
exactly what you have to offer. Patience, persistence, and confidence are key!