Most of us spend so much time preparing for the interview that we’re at a loss for what to do after the interview is over. Definitely give yourself a pat on the back for crushing that interview, but don’t forget that there’s still some work to do before you can relax! Completing the interview is not all there is to securing yourself for success – and hopefully a job offer. You can read my other articles on how to slay your interview and how to prepare – but read ahead for some must-know tips for the post-interview process! Here are 4 things you must do post-interview to finish the interview process on a high note:
1. Jot down some quick notes about the interview
As soon as I step outside the office building where the interview was held, I sit down on the nearest chair and write a few bullet points about what the recruiter and I discussed during the interview – my best answer to a question, similarities between the recruiter and myself (for example, we have both traveled to India), and the most interesting conversation we had during the Q&A portion of the interview. This ensures I don’t forget any of the most critical or memorable parts of the interview so that I can absolutely lock down the next step: following up with the recruiter.
2. Send a short thank-you email
Rarely will you be the only candidate a recruiter interviews for a position. Make sure the recruiter remembers you and your name by sending out a thank-you email within 24 hours of the interview. Keep the email short – three or four sentences at most – and include a short summary of something interesting you discussed to help jog his or her memory. Sending a note not only helps you stand out in the recruiter’s memory, but it also makes him or her feel valued and appreciated.
3. Hand-write a thank you card and mail it out
If you want to go the extra mile, send some snail mail to your recruiter. This is a particularly nice gesture if you have just completed a final interview (consultants and investment bankers: think Super Day). In this digital age, the opportunity to receive a handwritten letter comes far and few in between. Imagine what a pleasant surprise it would be to receive a letter with some genuine words of appreciation – who knows, you might even have your card end up on their bulletin board! Sending a handwritten card rounds out your personality to be thoughtful and affable.
4. Get ready for your next interview
When you’re actively on the job hunt, you’re (hopefully) sending in applications to several companies, rather than putting all your eggs in one basket. Acknowledge you did your best on this last interview, but roll up your sleeves and continue giving the job application process your all! Do some research on the other companies you’re interested in, looking on company websites and LinkedIn, practicing your responses to interview questions, and reaching out to your friends and mentors for additional support.
I wish you all the best in your search for the dream job! If you have any questions about the interview or job hunting process, don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly or leave some comments and questions below. Until next time,
Keep on Crushin’,