Following Through Your Success
Never underestimate the power of a “thank you” letter after an interview. Not only does it demonstrate that you are polite, considerate and have good ethics, but it's another opportunity to reemphasize your positives to the interviewer.
Tips for writing your thank you letter include:
- Write it immediately after you leave the interview and mail it that very night.
- Thank the interviewer for their time.
- Mention something that happened or was discussed to remind the interviewer of who you are.
After the Interview, Then What?
If the interview went well, you will probably be called back for additional interviews with others in the company. If the interview didn't go well, you may not hear back from them again. Whatever the outcome, use each interview as a learning experience. Maintain a Post-Interview Worksheet to help you keep track of each experience. You never know - a company you interviewed with today may call you back down the road with a different job offer.
What If You Didn't Get the Job?
It's not possible for everyone who goes on an interview to get every job they interview for. If you didn't get the job - hang in there! There will be more opportunities!
Whatever you do, don't get so disheartened that you take yourself out of the job search. It's easy to talk yourself out of sending one more resume or making another phone call. No one likes to be turned down, but it's normal and should be expected during a job search. Don't take it personally. Keep looking and you'll find the right job with the right employer.