HIRING_TODAY_Understanding_the_Benefits_Incentives_and_Perks_Employees_Want.-7_optimizedOnce the interview ends, most of us assume our work as the job seeker is done. It’s all in your interviewer’s hands anyway, so what more could you do? Here are 5 things you can do after an interview to increase your chances of getting the job.


  • Be sure to show your interest. Don’t walk out of the room with any doubt in the interviewer’s mind about where you stand. A simple “I really want to be a part of this team” can go a long way. Also be sure to find out the timeline for further communication. Ask your interviewer about their timeline for making a decision and if they are okay with you reaching out to follow up in the coming days.
  • Fulfill your promises. If during the interview you promise to send over a list of references or examples of your woke by noon the next day, be sure you actually do it. Following through on promises and responding to requests in a reasonable timeframe speaks highly to what type of employee you would be. Responding later than promised can be a huge red flag to a potential employer.
  • Be patient. If you clarified the timeframe for further communication at the end of the interview, respect what you were told. Reaching out earlier or sending multiple emails is a big turn off for a potential employer. It can come across as desperate and make you appear to be a high maintenance employee before even getting the chance to start the job.
  • Send a personalized thank you note. A simple note is a great way to stay on an employer’s mind. It’s even better if you take the time to personalize the note by including references to each person who was a part of the interview. It’s best to send via email within 24 hours or take an extra step by dropping a handwritten note in the mail within 3 days.
  • Continue learning about the company. Be prepared for follow-up calls or additional rounds of interviews by continuing to learn more about the company and industry. If a topic was brought up in the first interview that you weren’t familiar with, do additional research to be able to tackle it in round two. Think of questions that you may have to clarify the duties of the position you’re interviewing for. This will show your potential employer that you’re eager to learn and be an asset to their company.