5 Post Interview Etiquette Tips

interview-thank-youOnce 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.

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What if you haven't heard anything and want to check status?

June 09 2011 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry Blong

No Jobs? Thank GWB for letting the banks and big business run amok!

July 04 2010 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Actually it was under the Clinton Administration that the banking and securities regulations were loosened. As far as tax cuts for the wealthy, they were actually tax cuts for business, particularly in rural areas to stimulate job growth. Businesses that are taxed too high don't hire- hence the current job situation. Employers are afraid to hire now in anticipation of Obama's tax hike on business. And when is Obama going to start taking responsibility for his part in the economic crisis? The federal deficit has tripled since he came into office a year and half ago, all due to spending done under his watch, not to mention the double-digit unemployment rate that was a single digit when GWB was in office. So much for Obama not raising taxes on those making less than $250,000. Taxes are being raised across the board beginning Jan.2011, and also democrats are proposing a new kind of tax called "transaction tax" which would tax you an additional 1% on everything you buy, including all services, food, clothing and even rent. As everyone knows, once a tax comes it is here to stay and only increases. The new tax is meant to pay off the $13 tillion dollar debt, which was only $1.3 trillion when GWB left office. I suggest tghe GWB bashers get educated.

July 09 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No real jobs out there? Thank GWB for two wars and huge tax cuts for the wealthy!!

July 04 2010 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Instead of a silly thank you note call the company back within two days and speak firmly when is the next interview. The thank you note concept has been played out and since 95% of the people actualize this process is an insult to the interviewer by patronizing them people who mention this should give up that concept. People who bore us with thank you notes process do not get it and just get a life,
The job interviewee should also keeep tract to see if the company exhibited thanking them for the time they interviewed and the time they spent on an interest in their company. If they fail to do this it shows the company has not trained their hiring managers PR 101 which is etiquette 101. Also a hiring manager should pay more attention to new employees being properly trained and cognizant of their job and responsibilities. Companies should make sure their employees are properly trained to interview properly and not so concerned about a thank you note with is an insult to the intelligence of any interviewee. Also if a hiring manager holds it against a potential applicant for sending a thank you note and thanking them for their time they have to remember if it was not for this interviewee they would not have a job. They are paid to interview and hire the best person. If they need thanks open up their own comapny of yes employees.

July 04 2010 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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