By now, it is fairly common knowledge that you need to send a thank you note to the hiring manager after an interview. The note should express your gratitude for the opportunity to interview, reiterate your interest in the job, and, if needed, expand on any answers you feel were not handled adequately during the interview.
However, there are other things you need to do as well. Here are a few.
1. Find out the next step
Before leaving the interview, there are two crucial bits of data you need to obtain – what the time frame is for the interview process and when a decision will be made, and the name of the person to contact for a follow up, when you should contact the person, and in what way.
2. Contact information
Also, before you leave you need to get the interviewer’s contact information. Ask for a business card from everyone who talked to you during the interview.
3. Make an assessment of the interview
Go over the interview in your mind afterward. Think about your answers. Were they adequate? Were there areas where you could have explained things better or added information? Think about where you can improve for interviews in the future.
4. Take notes
Write down everything you can remember from the interview – the questions, your answers, reactions from the interviewers, ideas for changes you can make. This will all help you for future interviews.
5. Ask for a LinkedIn connection
Do this a few days after sending the thank you note.
6. Don’t stop looking
Even if you think the interview went extremely well, and you are feeling good about the job, don’t take your foot off the gas until you actually have a job offer in hand.
7. Follow up
Stick to the timeline given to you by the interviewer as far as making contact. If the interviewer did not give you any details about the follow up, a good rule to use is to follow up about a week after sending the thank you letter.
If the hiring manager tells you to follow up with him or her directly, career counselors advise doing this once a week for a maximum of five weeks. You want to show your interest and enthusiasm about the job, but you don’t want to be a pest.
When you call, some questions you can ask include where the company is in the hiring process and how you compare to the other candidates.