After the Interview

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After the Interview

Post-Interview Tips

Close Strong, Exit Gracefully, Then Follow Up

  • End on a positive note. Reemphasize your qualifications and interest in the job.
  • Be proactive. Ask about the next step in the process or when a decision will be made.
  • Close with Confidence. Leave the interview in a polite and assured fashion, meet the interviewer’s eye, give them a firm handshake and smile.
  • Personal Recap. Once you leave the office, call your LTS Recruiter to recap the interview while it’s still fresh in your mind.
  • Follow up promptly. Send an immediate written “thank you” email expressing your appreciation for the interviewer’s time. Follow-up by sending a hand-written thank you card in the mail, which may be received a few days later, and will serve as a reminder to the hiring manager of your candidacy. Restate your interest and mention one or two key points that show you are the ideal candidate for the position. This shows that you are enthusiastic and organized and may set you apart from other applicants in the interviewer’s mind.

Alert Your References

Check your references before you use their name. It’s a courtesy, and a good fail safe – they may have moved.

Keep Your Cool

Always remain polite and friendly. Don’t be rattled by a gruff interviewer who might be having a bad day. Again, remember, you are there because the prospective employer wants to hear what you have to say. Follow-up calls and letters can be effective but assess the situation before utilizing this option. You want to appear eager, not desperate or annoying.

Don’t Get Discouraged

Finding the right job takes time. There are many reasons why candidates are not selected for certain positions. Don’t take rejection personally. Keep your head up and stay focused and you will find the perfect fit. Perseverance and dedication are the keys to a successful future. 

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