Once you land an interview for your dream job, it may seem as if the worst is already over. The truth is, what you do after the interview is just as important as what you do during the interview. Proper post-interview etiquette ensures that the hiring manager won't forget you, and gives you yet another chance to express how badly you want to land the job.
Post interview etiquette also extends further than just a simple thank you email, although that's an important first step in the process. If you're wondering what to do after your interview, brush up on these etiquette tips to step up your game:
1. Thank you note
Most job applicants don't realize how far a thank you note can go. The note should thank the hiring manager and anyone else involved in the interview for taking time out of their day to meet you. It also gives you another chance to express your desire in the position and why you would be a great fit for the job. If you're looking to stand out even more, consider sending a written note in lieu of a short email that could get lost in the shuffle.
2. Follow Through on Paperwork
It's normal to walk out of an interview with more paperwork to complete, whether it's a drug test or more references. Since the completion of this paperwork keeps you in the running for the position, follow through on these requests immediately. Then be sure that the results or information ends up in the right hands at the company you're looking to work for.
3. Reach Out To References
If you were referred to the company by someone in your network, it is proper etiquette to keep them updated on the interview process. If you connect with them before the hiring manager makes a decision, it could be enough time for them to put in another recommendation for you. Plus, keeping them updated on the process means they will think of you again in the future for other jobs.
4. Ask Questions
If you finish an interview and the hiring manager says to contact them if you have more questions, there's no reason not to follow through on that opportunity to stay in contact with them. Don't be afraid to ask more questions about the position, either by phone or email, since it will show how much you want the position and that you paid attention during the interview.
5. Be Available
If you're easy to reach during the post-interview process, the hiring manager will feel confident about choosing you over someone who is hard to contact. Even if you don't get the position, they may keep you in mind if something comes up in the future.