Your job interview has come to an end. What should your next step be?

The first thing to do, immediately after the end of the interview, is to again express your interest in the job. Let the hiring manager know directly that you want the position. Make sure there is no room for doubt. Also at this point, find out what happens next in the process. Will there be more interviews for candidates that make it through the current round? Will applicants be invited to meet other people at the company. Also, find out what timeframe the hiring manager is working under.

Also, before you leave, find out when the best time would be to check back with the hiring manager about the job.

Within 24 hours of the end of the interview, be sure to send a thank you note to the person or persons who interviewed you.

Follow up with a letter to each person who talked to you. In the letter you can specifically address the issues and problems discussed during the interview and expand upon your responses about how you would handle them. Also, in the letter you can add any pertinent information that didn’t get covered during the inteview, but that you want the hiring manager to know about.

And just because the interview is over, that doesn’t mean you should stop your research about the company. Continue to find out as much as you can about the business, either through research online or by talking directly with people who work at the company. You may uncover information that may help you sell yourself to the hiring manager.

Continue networking as well. If you know anyone who has connections at the company and could put in a good word for you, get in touch with them and see if they will.

If you are notified that you are not being considered for the job, accept the news like the professional you are, with poise and calm. Getting emotional will not help your situation. You want to maintain a good relationship with people at the company if any other positions for which you are qualified become available. In fact, as counterintuitive as it may sound, if you are rejected, you should also send a thank you note, expressing your appreciation for the opportunity to interview. This will help you to maintain a good relationship, as well as showing your professionalism.

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