The Job Interview: Post Interview
Although you have left the company property the interview is not over yet.
Thank you. The moment you leave the interview, go back and write an electronic thank you. Thank each interviewer individually for his / her time and reiterate your interest in the position.
Thank you again. Don’t stop with an electronic thank you though. Write a handwritten thank you note and get it out in the mail that same day. Compose it on a computer first so you can develop the phrasing you want to use and to spell and grammar check the message. Personalize each note with something that he / she said that you had in common or affirm you as a great fit for the position.
Follow-up. It is the job seeker’s responsibility to follow-up no matter what was said or who committed to doing it. Because you asked at the end of the interview, you know the next steps and approximate timelines for each. There are ways you can follow-up without sounding desperate or nagging. You can contact the hiring manager with a follow-up or clarifying question. Make it a good question though or she will immediately see through it. Another contact can be made to just check in and see if they had any further questions.
There are other ways to stay in the minds of the decision makers. One approach is to send a copy of an article you think they would be interested in reading and may not have read.
Continue your job search. No matter how well the interview went and no matter what the hiring manager said about you getting the job, until you have a final offer in writing continue your job search.
While you wait to hear. While you wait to hear back, continue to pray for open and closed doors. If this isn’t the job for you, the one that will prosper you, and not harm you, the one that will give you a hope and a future, then you don’t really want it. Pray that the door closes on that one.
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