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After the Interview

Now that you have looked at interview preparation and what to do during the interview, it’s time to look at what happens afterward.

After the Interview

One common mistake interview candidates make is believing that the interview is over once they leave the employer’s office. However, what happens after the interview is an equally important part of the process.

Firstly, take some time to reflect on your performance. Make notes immediately after the meeting for future reference. It is also important to make note of anything you forgot to mention to the employer as it can sometimes be stated in the thank you letter that will be discussed in the next section.

It is also a good idea to do something relaxing or rewarding as interviewing can be a stressful and exhausting process. You should also start to plan your follow-up with the employer, as you will need to contact them again in the next 24–48 hours with your thank you letter.

Additionally, if you are unsure whether the employer would appreciate a follow-up phone call along with the thank-you letter, one option is to ask the employer their preference. However, be sure not to keep calling them, as this can be an annoyance.

Follow-Up and the Thank You Letter

Following-up with a thank you letter is very important. Some studies suggest that only 20% of candidates do some form of follow-up - and you want to be part of that 20%.

Following-up not only shows consideration for the employer’s time, but also that you are professional and have a keen interest in the position. The most common form of follow-up is the thank you letter / email.

Make sure to ask for the interviewer’s business card or contact information before you leave your interview. Give your thank you letter within 24 — and at the latest 48 — hours after the interview. In the past you would mail a letter, but today it is mostly done through email.

Also be mindful of spelling and grammar so as to not leave a negative last impression.  

Check out our Employer Correspondence section to learn what to include in a Thank-You Letter.


If You Get Turned Down: Asking for Feedback

Even though you put a lot of effort into your interview, you may not get the position. Though this is disappointing or frustrating,, you now have the opportunity to learn from the experience.

If the employer happens to contact you personally you should consider asking for feedback on your performance. If they state that they are unable to, then thank them for their time and ask them to consider you for future opportunities.

However, if they do decide to give you feedback take this as a great learning opportunity. Ask permission to take notes on what they said. Listen carefully and do not argue or disagree on what they tell you. This is their opinion and it has value. You may also want to ask questions that you feel are important as to where you major strengths were, your weaknesses in the interview and what suggestions they for you for future interviews.

Once their feedback is finished, thank them for their time and willingness to give you feedback. Also ask them to remember you if future opportunities do come up.  

Unfortunately, rejection does happen and it may seem like the end of a journey. But this is a chance to take what has been learned and try again. Try to not let this slow down your job searching. To speak to someone such as our career consultants to see what may have happened and try some more practice. Sometimes others may be able to see things you cannot. If anything, this may improve your confidence for next time.


For more tips, read: 'Interviewing & the Job Offer' on pages 48 - 60 in CAREER COMPASS

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