Your interview went well and you are really interested in the opportunity. What should you do now that the interview is over?
On the day of the interview, send a short e-mail to your interviewer(s) thanking them for their time and the opportunity to interview. This demonstrates your interest in the position, shows respect to the person who interviewed you, and keeps your name at the forefront as they interview candidates.
Mail a thank you letter to your interviewer(s) the following day. While the e-mail message is a nice touch, it does not replace a formal letter of thanks. Let the interviewer(s) know of your interest in the position, keep your message concise, and restate your qualifications in terms of what you can contribute. The thank you letter will help to convey your professionalism.
As you review your interview experience, you may have additional questions. Start a list of your questions and add to it as time passes. The next time you meet with the company, you will be organized and prepared with your list.
Waiting to hear from the company can be the hardest part of the interview process. Much depends upon the timeline the employer has indicated for the hiring process. Make sure you have asked for this information, so you will have realistic expectations about what may happen next and when. Be patient and allow the appropriate time to pass so the employer can process their list of candidates.
For many unforeseen reasons, their hiring process may have stalled. You will need to follow up on the status of the process. However, there is a fine line between being proactive and being a pest. Be reasonable in your follow-up time and frequency of communications. Wait one week past the time you were expecting a response or communication. Then, send an e-mail inquiring about the status of the process. If there is no response to your e-mail after a week, try one follow up phone call. Leave a short message inquiring on the status of their process, if needed. If you receive no response, assume they have chosen another candidate.