What to do after a Job Interview

You spent weeks preparing for your big interview. You did research on the company of interest, you had friends and family grill you with mock interview questions and you even bought a suit for the big day. Then interview day arrives. You go in and do your best to wow management and HR representatives. And when it's all over, you shake hands, collect business cards and find out when the final decision will be made.

So what's next? Do you sit around and wait for the call? Not if you want to be considered for the position for which you interviewed. After an interview, it's important to show the interviewer that you valued their time and that you truly are interested in the open position. That's why it's always important to follow up after your interview.

Within 24 hours of your interview, send a thank you email to all of the people that you met during the interview process. Make sure you address them by their proper names and titles. In your email, thank these individuals for their interest in you and also remind them why you are the best candidate for the job. Make sure you double check your email for spelling and grammatical errors because you want to continue to make a good impression.

In addition to your email, you might want to consider sending written thank you notes as well. They don't have to be flashy or cutesy. Just make sure they are simple and to the point.

Within ten days, follow up with a phone call. During your call, express your interest again about the position and reiterate why you are a good fit for the job. There's nothing wrong with building rapport, but just don't become annoying in the process. Be patient and if the employer asks that you continue to follow up with them, do so. They might have filled the position, but they might consider you for the next available one.

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