If you've ever wondered what to do following a great job interview, you're not alone. Job candidates are often unsure of how to follow up with employers, and some don't follow up at all. Your post-interview process is just as important as the job interview itself, so take actions that positively impact the hiring manager's view of you as a potential employee.
1. Send a Thank-You Note
The simple act of sending a thank-you note to the hiring manager sets you apart from other candidates. Consider sending a brief email directly after the interview or leaving a small thank-you card with the receptionist on your way out the door. Make sure the note is brief and professional.
Thank the interviewer for his time and interest, reiterate your interest in the position and let the interviewer know you look forward to hearing back.
2. The Waiting Game
Waiting for a response following a job interview requires a great deal of patience. More than likely, the employer has many more candidates to interview and must weigh the pros and cons of each candidate before choosing the right person for the job. This is a time-consuming process, so your patience is expected. Before a job interview ends, interviewers usually asks candidates if they have any questions. Be sure to ask the manager when he plans to make a hiring decision. Jot that date down, and avoid contacting him before that.
3. When to Reach Out
If you don't hear back from the interviewer on his decision date, he's either still conducting job interviews or made a hiring decision. Either way, it's a good idea to follow up. Send a brief email to the interviewer that expresses your continued interest in the position, and ask if a hiring decision was made. If you don't receive a response back within a few days, it's safe to assume that the position is filled.
Some employers send a notice to candidates once they fill a position, but many do not. If you want to find out for sure if the job is still vacant, contact the company's human resources department.
4. Continue Your Search
It's never a good idea to "put all your eggs in one basket" when seeking employment. Keep your options open by continuing your job search until you receive a solid offer. Continue to attend networking events, search job boards and discuss possible job opportunities with mentors and business associates. Continue putting your resume out there as well. Having other options in the pipeline also helps prevent feelings of discouragement or extreme disappointment if you don't land the job.
Don't just sit back and wait for a call following a job interview. Keep your momentum going by following up with the employer and continuing your job search. Eventually, you're sure to land the job that's right for you.