After the Interview

Analyze the interview.  Start by asking yourself how the interview went.  This will likely not be your last interview ever so you can use that experience to enhance your interviewing skills.  It is also important to reflect upon the new information you learned about the position and the organization, as well as what your impressions were of the organization and the interviewer(s). Keep a written record of each interview to help you remember and compare positions later.

Within 48 hours, send a personalized thank-you note to each person with whom you met. An individual thank you note should be written to each person that you interacted with during the interview process.  Use this opportunity to reiterate your specific interest in the position and your strongest qualifications.  Whether you choose to email or hand-write the document will be impacted by the organization's timeline for making a decision.  If there is a short turn-around (less than 48 hours), it is recommended that you send your thank you by email.

If you do not hear back from the organization within the time frame discussed, contact them to express your continued interest and ask about your status.  It is recommended that you wait at least 3-5 days beyond their articulated timeline. Be sure to be polite in your inquiry.