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After The Interview - What's Next?

Posted by Daniel Sullivan on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 10:30 AM


What to do After The Interview

You just had the big interview for your dream job and you did everything you could to prepare for it.  You thought about what to say, what not to say, how to say it, what to wear, and anything else that you could think of.  Now, just like that, it’s all over.  So what’s next?

Firm Handshake

Just because you’ve finished interviewing doesn’t mean that you’re home free.  On the way out, don’t forget to give the interviewer a firm handshake while making direct eye contact.  It shows the interviewer that you are confident and makes a great parting impression. 

Capture Your Thoughts

One useful technique after an interview is to have pen and paper handy.  Capture your thoughts about the interview as soon as possible, while they are still fresh.  Think about what went well and what you can do better next time.  Examples of something helpful to put on paper are questions that you had a hard time answering during the interview.  If you didn’t know the answer to a particular question, write it down and look up the answer so you can be prepared the next time.

Thank the Interviewer

Once you get back to your home/office, do not forget to give the interviewer a call and thank them for the interview.  This is another professional touch that will help to keep you at the forefront of their mind.

Don't Get Overconfident

Also, don’t get overconfident.  A great interview does not always mean a job offer.  Keep applying to other jobs; it will help you keep hungry, focused and sharp. And, in the case that something does not work out, you are going to want a plan ‘B’.


If you haven’t heard from the interviewer within four to five days of the interview, follow-up with a phone call.  Find out if they have made a decision.  If they are still deciding, this will let them know that you are eager to work and excited for the opportunity.

Make a Decision

Congratulations! You’ve received a job offer!  But hold your horses.  Before you accept it, take a moment and think hard about what you’re being offered.  Is the salary everything you wanted?  Is it a good location for you?  Are the colleagues the kind of people with whom you want to work?  Is it a pleasant work environment?  Are there any bonuses or perks?  How about a pension or health care?   Once you’ve done a thorough analysis, then it’s time to make your decision.

On the other hand, you might not land the job.  Don’t let this discourage you. In fact, use it to your advantage.  Don’t hesitate to give the interviewer a call and find out why you weren’t their top pick.  Take this information for what it’s worth and use it to help improve your performance during your next interview. 

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