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After Your Interview

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Follow-up on your part after the interview will give you an advantage over many other candidates.

Send a Thank You Note

In addition to thanking your interviewers for taking the time to speak with you, a thank you note can be used to clarify answers to questions that you feel you did not answer well or completely, to re-state your qualifications (and mention those that didn't come up in the interview), and re-affirm your interest in the position. Most hiring managers pay very close attention to how well (and how rapidly) you write a thank-you note. Email is quicker and generally preferred unless you interview somewhere very traditional.

Sample Emailed Thank You Note

Subject: Thank You

Body:

Hello [interviewer name],

Thank you so much for meeting with me today. It was such a pleasure to learn more about the team and position, and I’m very excited about the opportunity to join [company name] and help [bring in new clients / develop new systems / anything else awesome you would be doing] with your team.

I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the hiring process, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information.

Best regards,

[Your name]

Pro Tips

If you really want to blow a hiring manager out of the water, add in another few lines before “I look forward to...” with some ideas you have on how you could add value. Think: a quick idea in response to something you discussed in the interview, or some possible partners if you’re in business development or sales.

If you did not answer a question well or completely during your interview, you may also elaborate on your response in your thank you note: “When we discussed my ability to work well in teams, I neglected to mention that I also led the International Club on campus, a very diverse group of students. We worked together to run two very successful fundraisers, raising over $2,000, and my focus was to make sure everyone had fun and contributed based on their strengths.” Adapted from TheMuse.com

Evaluate Your Performance

Were there questions during the interview which you answered poorly? Questions you answered well? Make notes and strive to improve your interview performance continually.

Evaluate the Opportunity and the Organization

Will you fit into this organization? Is the position sufficiently challenging? Is it the logical next step on your career path? Do you have any remaining questions?

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