Everything you should do in the minutes, hours, days, and weeks following a job interview

We already know that the 15 minutes before a job interview can be crucial, and there’s a lot we should and shouldn’t do during the interview to make the best impression.

But what exactly should you be doing during those moments after a job interview, after you’ve breathed your sigh of relief?

“How you handle the post-interview process is just as important as how you performed during the actual interview,” says Amanda Augustine, a career-advice expert for TopResume.

“I know clients who point-blank were told they didn’t get the job because they didn’t follow up after the interview,” she says. “Don’t be that person!”

Here are 14 things you should do after a job interview to close the deal:

1. Ask how you should follow up

1. Ask how you should follow up

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Before you head out the door, Augustine suggests asking your interviewers or the recruiter in charge of filling the open position two important pieces of information:

• What is the hiring manager’s timeline for making a decision?

• Whom should you follow up with, when should you do so, and how?

2. Get your interviewers’ contact information

Before you leave the building, you should also make sure you’ve gathered your interviewers’ business cards, Augustine says. If not, ask the receptionist or your point of contact for the names and email addresses of everyone you met with.

3. Get some distance

Before you reflect on your performance, get out of the building and walk for a few blocks so you can get some emotional distance and so that there’s no chance of bumping into the interviewer, suggests Vicky Oliver, the author of “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions ” and”301 Smart Answers to Tough Etiquette Questions.”

4. Analyze how you did

Once you’ve got a little distance, it’s important to review every detail of the interview, Rosemary Haefner, chief human-resources officer for CareerBuilder, tells Business Insider. Ask yourself, “What did I say well and how did the interviewer react?” “Was there something I didn’t provide a strong answer for that I should clarify?”

5. And how you felt about the company

Haefner also suggests taking note of anything the interviewer said or did that may have rubbed you the wrong way. This could help you determine if the position or company are the right fit for you.

Amy Glaser, senior vice president of Adecco Staffing USA, suggests asking yourself, “Is this company a good fit for me?” “Can I see myself growing there?” “Will I mesh with the company culture?”

“Naturally, you want to impress a potential employer during an interview, but afterwards, the ball is back in your court as you decide whether that company aligns with your career goals,” she tells Business Insider. “It’s better to tell a potential employer that you have different interests than to take up more time during a second interview or to take a job that isn’t fulfilling and resign soon after.”

6. Write it all down

Get all of your thoughts down in writing, especially if you didn’t take notes in the interview, Haefner suggests. “It’s important to have this to go back and review as you continue on your job search,” she says.

7. Ask your recruiter to follow up

7. Ask your recruiter to follow up

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If you worked with a recruiter or headhunter, Oliver suggests asking them to follow up with your interviewer that day for feedback.

8. Write a fantastic thank you email

You should send a thank you note by email on the same day if you interview in the morning and by the next morning if you interview in the afternoon, says J.T. O’Donnell, the founder of career-advice site CAREEREALISM.com and author of “Careerealism: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career.”

Some keys to writing a thank you note that gets you the job include recapping some of the things you feel are your strengths for the job at hand and taking the time to address any awkward moments during the interview or questions you couldn’t fully answer at the time, Oliver says.

Haefner calls this step in the interview process “crucial.”

“A quick thank you is expected by most hiring managers,” she says. “Chances are you won’t win the job based solely on sending a thank you note, but you will stick out like a sore thumb for not sending one. Don’t be that person.”

9. Personalize your thank you email for each person you meet

O’Donnell notes it’s important to send a separate, personalized email to each person you meet. “They will forward them to each other, so it’s important no two emails are the same,” she says.

10. Consider how to send your note

10. Consider how to send your note


Augustine’s rules of thumb about how to send a thank you note are:

• If you had an initial phone-screen interview, an email will suffice.

• If you interviewed face-to-face at a more traditional organization, consider sending a thank-you card by mail in addition to an email. “Not only will it catch their attention, but it will keep your candidacy top-of-mind, especially since the card will arrive a few days after your initial email,” Augustine says.

• If you’re interviewing with a high-tech company, only send an email, since sending a note by mail may make you look like a culture misfit.

11. Send a tailored LinkedIn connection request

Augustine suggests sending a LinkedIn connection request a day or two after you email your thank you note. Your personal message must be 300 characters or less, so it should concisely express your gratitude for your interviewer’s time and your interest in the role.

For example:

“It was a pleasure meeting you and learning more about your responsibilities at [COMPANY] and the marketing manager position.

“I’m very interested in joining your team. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, should you have any questions. In the meantime, I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network.



12. Keep up the search

Even if you “killed it” in the interview, Haefner says not to quit the job search.

“Nothing is guaranteed in an interview unless they made you an offer on the spot,” she says.

“If that interview went well, and you think you’d fit in well with that particular company, look at their competitors in the area and see if they’re hiring,” she suggests.

13. Pace Your Subsequent Follow-ups

13. Pace your subsequent follow-ups


You should pace your follow-ups with the timeline you asked for after your interview.

If your potential employer never provided you with specific information about following up, a good rule of thumb is to follow up approximately one week after you send your thank-you note, Augustine says. If you were told expressly it was OK to follow up with the hiring manager directly, do this once a week for no more than five weeks.

“Remember, there’s a fine line between being enthusiastic and annoying, so proceed with caution. The last thing you want to do is appear confrontational or desperate,” Augustine says.

When speaking with the recruiter or hiring manager on the phone, she suggests asking the following questions:

• Where are you in the hiring process?

• How do you see me stacking up against the other candidates?

• Can you think of any reason why you would be reluctant to hire me versus one of the other candidates?

14. If you don’t get the job, thank your interviewers for their time and consideration

As Business Insider previously reported, it’s always a good idea to follow up after hearing you didn’t get the job with a cordial “thank you anyway” email.

Remember to start by thanking your interviewers for their time and consideration. Then you can ask if they might share any feedback and consider you for any future positions at the company you might be a fit for.

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The 12 Best Job Hunting Tips Millennials Haven’t Already Heard

You know well enough to tidy up your resume and brush up on your interviewing skills, but are you really doing all that you can to jumpstart your career?

Break the Millennial Stereotype Mold

2016-12-20-1482247942-1885520-JohnRood.pngFairly or not, employers are developing certain stereotypes of millennials that are reinforced by the media. But you can actually use this to your advantage. Go out of your way to demonstrate that you are willing to work your way up, stay late, and won’t expect a promotion after six weeks. You can do this by discussing your values or, even better, a time when you really worked to reach a goal. – John Rood, Next Step Test Preparation

Interview People You Admire


The best thing I ever did out of school was travel around the country for four months to interview people I admired about their career paths. These informational interviews gave me a reality check for each job (i.e. what it’s really like) and gave me a connection at each company and in each industry I could call on down the road. If you’re looking for a job, interview someone with that job. – Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

Apply Even When They’re Not Hiring


Don’t be afraid to reach out to companies that have no job openings if you really believe in the organization’s mission. I recently received a message from someone offering to volunteer because she believed so strongly in what my company was doing. I was impressed by her tenacity and work ethic so much that I created a position for her. – Mark Krassner, Expectful

Find Your Unique Selling Proposition


Your unique selling proposition is what makes you stand out from the crowd. If you’re interested in a job in marketing, for instance, you could position yourself by saying you always bring campaigns in on time and on budget. It’s important to understand your field of interest intimately and strive to find a stand-out characteristic that you can focus attention on. – Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now

Don’t Look For Your Dream Job

2016-12-20-1482248466-9251744-ElleKaplan.pngWhen you don’t have job experience, it’s highly unlikely that your first job (or first few) will be the ideal fit. Especially in today’s hyper-competitive market, I would advise millennials to not get dismayed and to treat every job like a valuable learning experience. I was a temporary employee at my first job, but keeping a positive attitude led me to where I am today. – Elle Kaplan, LexION Capital

Pick a Person, Not a Company

2016-12-20-1482248507-9874417-RogerLee.pngEarly on, you’ll learn a lot more from the right person or manager as opposed to just being at the “right” company. Because you’re young, you can afford to take risks, and the lessons you’ll learn early on about the kind of people you do and don’t want to emulate will put you way ahead of the curve in terms of personal and professional growth. This isn’t just any route, it’s a fruitful one. – Roger Lee, Captain401

Try Your Own Thing


The barriers between you and customers are thinner and lower than ever. You don’t have to work for someone else while you figure out what you want; you can simply focus on turning what you want into profit. There’s more access than ever through Twitter, podcasts and other mediums to get direct advice and perspective from those currently on this path. – Adam Steele, Loganix

Work for Free


Don’t hesitate to do some work for free, as long as you keep the work relevant to the type of role you’re interested in. Self-create a platform to showcase that you’re curious, confident, committed to working with the company and not afraid to walk the talk. – Devanshi Garg, Icreon

Start Your Own Company


Why are you searching for a job when you could be starting a company or doing freelance work? What’s holding you back from independence? Fear? Risk? The unknown? One of the best ways to learn is to fail, so what do you really have to lose? Worst case, you build relationships and start producing results that could help you land that job you initially thought you wanted. – Robby Berthume, Bull & Beard

Work Your Way Up

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Pick a Job, Not a Career


Never trust anybody who claims to have the perfect career mapped out at a young age. History is full of people who arrived at their final destination by a far more circuitous route. And that means taking some interesting or unusual job choices on the way. – Richard Kershaw, WhoIsHostingThis.com

Stop Searching

2016-12-20-1482248787-2940927-PaulHager.pngInstead, make your LinkedIn profile absolutely irresistible. Optimize your profile for keywords specific to your skills and experience. Look at relevant job postings and mimic their keywords (if they apply to you). It also never hurts to have a solid network and mentors to support and refer you. – Paul Hager, Information Technology Professionals

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