Finally, you’re home after the nerve-racking job interview. Feet up on the couch, cold beverage in hand, you may be tempted to kick back and enjoy the stress release. Don’t rest just yet. You have a few more tasks at hand before you’re done with the interview process for the day.
Gather business cards.
Before leaving an interview, you should always obtain business cards from every interviewer. That way, you have the correct spelling of names and titles, as well as an email address, phone number, and mailing address for each person. When you get home from the interview, get out the business cards and start on writing follow-up notes.
Write and send “thank you” notes.
This is not an option. Sending a follow-up note is both a professional courtesy and an opportunity for you to leave another positive impression on hiring managers. Be sure to complete this critical step in the interview process, no matter how much you want to relax or how well you think the interview went.
Should you send an email or hand-written note? If you really want the job, I’d do both. Send a brief email to every interviewer within 24 hours expressing continued interest in the job and thanking them for their time. Then, follow that up with a more personal, hand-written “thank you” note on nice stationary or in a simple card. As always, avoid typos and be professional.
For advice on what to write in your notes, check out Christine Hassler’s article, How To Follow Up After A Job Interview, from the Huffington Post. She offers excellent tips for what to include in the notes and an example of a follow-up email. Do yourself a favor and read Christine’s article before you craft and send your notes. For additional advice on what to write, check out the 5 Points to Remember When Writing Your Thank You Letter.
It is important to note, however, that not all career specialists recommend sending hand-written cards. In an interview with Forbes, career coach Roy Cohen says, “People say that snail mail stands out, but it stands out for the wrong reason…It will make you look like a dinosaur.”
This may be good advice for some job seekers, but I don’t agree. Call me old fashioned, but I still like to send and receive hand-written cards – they convey more care, thought, and personality than cold, professional emails, in my opinion. Consider your own style, your industry, and your impression of the interview and interviewers. Then decide whether or not to take the extra step of crafting hand-written notes.
Once you’ve sent this correspondence, you are ready to ease back in your comfy couch and relax after the interview. You’ve earned it! But there’s still work to be done in the coming weeks.
Continue to follow up.
In your after-interview emails, you should indicate to interviewers when you will follow up with them. I’d recommend a week to 10 days after the interview. Call or email them when you say you will. You should continue to follow up with hiring managers until you hear a final word about the job, either by phone or email, just don’t be a pest.
If you need more advice, read the articles linked to this post, or talk your advisor or someone at the CSU Career Center. Do you have tips for your fellow students? Post a comment below.
Good luck on the job hunt!
If you missed it, make sure you read the previous posts in this job search series:
- Preparing for the Job Interview
- Let CSU Lead You to Greater Job Satisfaction
- The Job Hunt, the Internet, and You
- Don’t Discount the Trusty Cover Letter
- Resume Rules Not Up for Debate