After the Interview

First and foremost, send a thank you note to each person with whom you interviewed. More information about Thank You notes can be found in chapter 8 of this planning guide. Here are some other steps to take following the interview:

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 a mirror, film yourself on your phone or make an appointment to practice with a career advisor to get additional tips and advice.

Status and 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 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.