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5 Things to Do After a Great Job Interview

You aced the interview! You walk out feeling proud and relieved. It didn’t just go well, it went great! Before you pop a champagne cork, here are five things you must do:

  1. Send a personalized thank-you email to each person you met with. Express gratitude for the meeting, restate your interest in the job, refer back to something you heard in the interview and bring out your match to the job and ability to solve problems for the company.
  2. Circle back to the person or people in your network connected to this job and/or company. Thank them for their help so far and engage them in helping assure you go to the next level.
  3. Add to your notes from the interview with any additional thoughts, or questions you might want to ask in additional interviews or before accepting a job offer.
  4. Jot down notes about what you were asked in the interview, what you felt went well and what you would do differently next time. If you don’t get this job, your observations will be helpful in the future.
  5. Do at least one item on your job search to do list. Do not stop job searching. Be proactive in continuing to generate and pursue additional opportunities while you wait to hear on this one. You will feel much more positive knowing you have other irons on the fire if this one fizzles.

Now you can celebrate! Share your success with a friend or partner and savor with satisfaction your positive interview experience.

2 Comments

  1. Posted March 19, 2013 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Great suggestions here, Carrie. It can be easy at that stage to just think “well, I’ve done all I can” but that’s certainly not true, and there’s more you can do while you wait for the inevitable call. I completely agree with #5 as well – even if a candidate feels as though they aced the interview, they should still keep looking. After all, their dream job might be waiting…

  2. Posted March 29, 2013 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Great advice! #1 is particularly important if you’ve had some kind of group interview — even more so if you had a particular connection with someone besides the chief decision-maker in the room. It’s always good to have someone already in the office in your corner!

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