You’ve sent out dozens of applications for premium entry level jobs and paid internships and completed a couple of interviews, now all that’s left to do is sit back and wait for an offer, right? Wrong. Your work isn’t complete just because you’ve shaken hands with the hiring manager. Here are some tips on what to do after the interview is over.
Restate your interest
You might feel like you’ve made this abundantly clear by attending the interview, but you should always conclude a conversation with a potential employer by restating your interest in the position. Before walking out the door, make sure you say something along the lines of: “Thank you so much for this opportunity. I really believe this position is right for me, and I know that I can make a difference at your organization.” It might seem redundant, but you don’t want to leave any room for doubt.
Know the next step
Many employers’ hiring processes involve several stages that extend beyond the initial interview. After reiterating your interest in the position, get a clear idea about what the next step will be – another round of interviews, reference checks or a test of your skills are all common. You should also know how to get in touch with your interviewer for more information.
Follow up email
Once you get home, be sure to send follow up emails to anyone you spoke to during the interview – even if you met with a dozen people. Briefly thank them for their time, go over your qualifications and – once again – express how much you would like to work at the company. Don’t wait to send this email either, write them as soon as possible – you can expect the competition will be doing the same thing.