After you leave the interview, it is essential to reflect on your performance. Answers to these questions will inform your thank-you note as well as future interview performance:
- Did you become comfortable in the interview?
- Which questions could you have better answered?
- Where did you succeed? Where did you fail?
- Which topics led to awkward silences?
- Did you emphasize your understanding of the connection between the organization’s needs and your skills and experiences?
- Did the interviewer ask questions for which you were not prepared?
- Did you understand and address the interviewer’s concerns about your candidacy?
- Did you forget to ask any questions about the job or organization that would inform your decision should the job be offered to you?
- What would you do differently next time?
Within 48 hours after an interview, you should write a thank-you letter to the interviewer(s)
. Thank-you letters should express gratitude for the interview opportunity, comment on some positive encounter or comment of the interviewer, and reconfirm your interest in the company.
If you do not hear from the interviewer by the time he or she indicated, or within a reasonable amount of time from your interview (1-2 weeks), you should call or e-mail the interviewer to inquire about the status of the hiring process. If a decision has not been made, ask the interviewer when he or she believes it will be made. If you have another job offer but would like to know about this interview outcome before making a decision, tell the interviewer. It may speed up the process.