5 Things You Should Always Do After an Interview
By Tim Walker
We write a lot about how to get a job. Most of it involves things like searching, building relationships, writing a good resume or preparing for an interview.
All of those things are important, but they can only get you through the interview. After that, there are a ton of variables that can impact your success or failure. So now what should you do? Here are a few things to think about that can put you on the right track to landing a great job.
Send a Thank You Note
Sending a simple handwritten thank you note should be the first thing you do following an interview. Plan ahead and bring a blank note with you in the car. If the interview goes well (or even if it doesn't!), fill it out, walk back inside and give it to the secretary or receptionist. If you can’t do that, make sure you get the business card of the person you interviewed with so you can get a good mailing address. If you’re working with a recruiter, ask him or her to pass a thank you note along following the interview.
Don’t Let Your Guard Down
Just because you got an interview doesn’t mean it’s time to take your foot off the gas and pop the cork on your finest bottle of bubbly. Keep networking and checking job boards. Head back to LinkedIn and make a few more connections. Read more about the job and company you just interviewed with. Many companies will interview you several times before offering a job. The time will come for you to let out a big sigh of relief…but until then stay on guard!
Think About Expenses and Benefits
If you’re currently employed, take the time following your interview to review and compare benefits packages. You also want to think about added expenses related to increased commute times. A new job isn’t always a clear cut decision based on competing salaries. Look at the big picture!
Consider the Company
Don’t forget an interview is an important chance for you to get a feel for the company you might work for if everything goes well. After your interview take some time to consider the atmosphere of the company. Most importantly, did the person (or people) you interviewed with seem like someone you could work with every day? Did he or she answer your questions?
The Counter Offer
Beware the counter-offer. Remember, there’s a reason why you’re looking to leave your current employer. If they have come back with an offer to keep you, it’s probably too good to be true. The offer of more money, a promotion or other perks can’t solve the problem of a company with bad culture. In fact, most people who take a counter offer end up leaving the company anyway within a year.
Choosing to accept a job offer is a big decision, and what happens after the interview is just as important as the interview itself. Next time you’re in line for a new job, take some time to review these suggestions and make the best decision for your career!