Interviewing Skills: After the Interview

Whew! You've just finished your job interview. Congratulations! You were nervous, but you powered through and think you have a good shot at getting this job.

So, now what?

Now is not the time to sit back and do nothing. Continue your job search and continue applying and sending your résumé to other employers. If you have other interviews, go. There are few other things you should also do. Here are five.

1. Send a thank you note

It is good practice to send a thank you note soon after your interview - within 24 hours is best. This is a great way to keep your name in their mind. When you write your note, be sure to send an individual message, not a group message, to each person who interviewed you. You still have their business cards, right? They would have given those to you during the interview. In your note, you should thank the interviewer(s) for their time, restate why you're a good fit for the company, and remind them of your skills and qualifications. It's also okay to use your thank you note to address or clarify your responses to questions that came up during the interview. Ensure your message is well-written and devoid of errors and keep it clear and concise.

You can either send an email or send a hand-written note. If you choose to send a hand-written note, keep in mind that while it will make a greater impression, it will also take longer to get there.

2. Reflect on the interview

Take a moment to think about the interview: What did you say? What did the interviewer say? How did you respond? How did the interviewer respond? What could you have done differently? You don't want to overthink here. You just want to spend a little time reflecting on a few things to help improve your performance in future interviews. Write down some of the questions the interviewer asked you and think of better ways to respond next time. Many roles require more than one interview, so if there's anything you wanted to say in the first interview that you didn't have the opportunity to say, make a note of it so that you can include it in one of your responses in the next interview.

You can also use this time to review any notes you took or make new ones. List things you liked or disliked about this job, the atmosphere, or the interviewer. Remember, as you are being interviewed by your potential employer, you are also interviewing your potential employer. Do you really want to work for this company or with these people?

3. Follow-up

This part is a bit tricky. Yes, it's important to make a good and lasting impression, but there is a thin line between making a lasting impression and being annoying. Don't cross that line. This sends a negative message. Once you've sent your thank you email, don't contact your interviewer again for another week, unless requested. If your instructions were to wait two weeks, then wait two weeks.

If you have a LinkedIn account, you can connect with them there, but if you do, be sure to include a personal, but professional message with your connection request. Don't contact them or connect with them on a social media platform like Facebook or Twitter, unless you know it's a page used only for business.

If the interviewer explicitly says not to contact them, don't.

4. Notify your references

If you left a copy of your references with your interviewer, you need to contact them ASAP to make sure they know to expect a call or an email. Never give a reference who has not been notified. It's not fair to them and can be detrimental to you and your career goals. Make sure your references understand the position you're applying for and make sure they have something good to say about you. It's okay if you want to coach them on some skills or personal qualities you'd like them to highlight. This can be beneficial to you and your career goals.

5. Wait

Once you've done everything above, you need to wait and be patient. It takes some companies time to complete all of their interviews and deliberate on who to hire. I know this part is difficult, but it's also necessary. Besides, if you're occupying yourself by continuing your job search, you won't be able to spend too much time thinking about your last interview because you'll be too busy preparing for your next interview.

This is part three of a 3-part series that gives tips on interviewing. If you missed part one and part two - Interviewing Skills: Before the Interview and Interviewing Skills: During the Interview - read them now.


power through (phrasal verb) - to continue in a strong and determined way until you finish

a shot (at something) (n.) - a chance to do or accomplish something

devoid (adj.) - completely without something

(a good) fit for (adj.) - having the necessary skills

concise (adj.) - using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information

reflect (on) (v.) - to think carefully about something

explicitly (adj.) - very clear and complete : leaving no doubt about the meaning

ASAP - as soon as possible

detrimental (adj.) - harmful

beneficial (adj.) - helpful

patient (adj.) - able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people

deliberate (v.) - to think about or discuss something very carefully in order to make a decision

occupy (one's self) (v.) - to make someone or someone's mind busy


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