Congratulations you had your interview, but wait there is more to do, even if you’re incredibly confident that the interview went great and you expect a callback. In reality, you have no idea who else is interviewing for the position and how the interviewer felt about you. What you do after the interview can greatly influence whether you get a call back for the next step.
The after interview work begins before your interview ends; before you leave the interview you need to establish how the company handles the next step in the interview process, so you know what to expect. Every job seeker needs to understand the entire hiring process can take weeks to several months depending on the level of the position, the higher the level the longer the process.
At the end of any interview, you need to establish a few key items. You need to express your appreciation for the interview, your interest in the position, and what is the next step; statements like these can help you achieve this:
- I really appreciate you taking the time to interview me for the position, speaking with you confirms my interest in the position and I look forward to hearing from you; can you tell me what the next step is in the interview process.
- Thank you for the interview I am excited at the prospect of contributing to your company, I look forward to hearing from you, when can I expect a call?
The Thank You Note/Letter
It’s a shame many people are too lazy to send a thank you follow up after an interview, but lucky for you it will help you stand out even more. Yes, a thank you response is still very highly valued and can leave a good impression. But don’t send out a thank you email as soon as you leave the interview, a good time to write a thank you response is the day after the interview, this will give you time to reflect on the interview and see if you have any questions or responses that you did not address during the interview.
- Try and get a business card from each person who interviewed you
- Follow up shows the interviewer you are still interested in the position
- Send a thank you follow up directly to each person who interviewed you
- We recommend sending out an actual letter through the mail, it has more impact; but if you have previously been communicating to the interviewer via email then sending a thank you letter attached to an email is acceptable
- Handwriting a letter might seem like a good idea but it some penmanships might be difficult to read so a typed letter will communicate, put the time into the words and not the handwriting
- Make sure you state your name, the date of the interview and the position you interviewed for
- Thank the interviewer for taking their time for conducting the interview; this shows you respect their time
- You should include a few highlights of key qualifications that make you a perfect fit for the position
- Reiterate your enthusiasm for the position and opportunity to join their company
- Proofread your letter for any errors
You Sent the Thank You Follow Up, Now What?
You need to have patience the hiring process takes a lot longer than everyone expects; but if they gave you a date when they would contact you and they didn’t, it would be appropriate to follow up with a phone call the day after that date. On the call remind the interviewer who you are, where and when the interview was and for what position, then state you were just following up to get an update of the interview status. If you did not get a date of when they would contact you then about 4-5 working days after the interview would be appropriate to make a follow-up call and about the same period for each follow-up. Remember the squeaky wheel gets the oil, but you don’t want to overdo it where it becomes annoying to the interviewer. The challenge lies in striking just the right balance between “enthusiastic go-getter” and “over an eager beaver.”
Always continue your job search and don’t place too much importance on one job or one interview; there will be other opportunities.