Following the Interview

Follow-up with a thank you - After any interview, it is both proper and essential to follow-up with a thank you letter reaffirming your interest in the organization and position. If you interviewed with a number of people, it is best to write separate letters to each and refer to something specific about the individual meeting.

(For more information and examples, see the Cover Letter Writing handout)

Status & Feedback - If you have not heard from the organization within the time period indicated by the interviewer, you may wish to call to inquire about the status of your candidacy. If after a second (or third) interview, you are not offered the position, it may be acceptable for you to ask for feedback about your qualifications and their reasons for not hiring you. This will help you prepare for the next interview.

Don’t “jump the gun” - It is usually best not to accept a job offer on the spot; state your interest and appreciation of the offer, and request a reasonable amount of time to consider it (usually a few days or perhaps a week). Be sure to evaluate all aspects of the job before accepting it. Once you have accepted a position, your commitment is considered binding.

Analyze Your Performance - As soon as you return home, think about what went well during the interview and what you need to continue to work on. Make a list of the questions that stumped you or that you had a difficult time answering. Practice your answers to those questions with a friend, in front of mirror, or make an appointment to practice with a career advisor and get additional tips and advice. Improvement can be made but only after you evaluate your performance and continue to practice.

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