The 5 Things You Should Always Do After A Job Interview

You did it — you survived the interview. Whether it was a set of Skype calls, or those grueling, day-long sessions with literally EVERYONE in your potential department, you deserve a glass of wine. (Or tea, if it’s morning…or wine. Yeah, let’s stick with wine.) But you’re not done yet! Here are five practically-foolproof ways to nail down that dream job once the interview is over.

1. Send a thank you note.

There’s no excuse for missing this one. A prompt thank you note (preferably hand-written, but an email will do) is the perfect way to highlight what went well, add something that may have been missed, and keep you on their minds. There are tons of articles about how to write the perfect note (here and here and here, for instance), but make sure it’s memorable. Touch upon something that you uniquely bring to the table.

And bonus: here’s the thank-you I sent to my current company post-interview! Eeeeeeek! I read it now, and there are 10 million things I would change about it, but it obviously helped get it done.

Hello SIS ninjas,

I wanted to sincerely thank you for your time and insight yesterday.  Interviews can often be a stressful process, but I felt right at home and comfortable at SIS.  With my diverse experience — as an entrepreneur and innovative thinker, social media marketer, awesome time manager, and writer/editor — I am excited to build SIS’s online reputation from scratch and implement my ideas.  After seeing multiple social campaigns and brands from conception to analysis, I would be a fantastic fit for this role — I understand and love the company culture, have the intense need to be the best, and am equipped with the passion and drive it get it done.

I look forward to hearing from you, and cannot wait to start work.

2. Create a plan of attack.

If the opportunity didn’t present itself in the interview (or if you just didn’t do it), now’s the time to seal the deal with “the Briefcase Technique.” Taking time to understand the organization’s biggest issues (and how to solve them), and then giving a 90-day action plan of what you’d contribute, will make you practically irresistible. It shows initiative and drive (not to mention, going the extra mile of solving problems and demonstrating value before you’ve even been given an employee ID number). It also gives you yet another chance to touch on your skills.

Here’s how I worded the post-interview email with my 90-day action plan attached:

Thank you for your email.  I look forward to discussing your decision with you later this week.

In the meantime, I have compiled a document that highlights some additions I can implement to current tasks and strategies, in addition to the other tasks and projects I would be working on in this position.  I also wanted to highlight some of my own ideas and how they will add value.

I hope this proposal — as well as my application materials, my persistence, and my energy and passion in our meeting — demonstrate my work ethic and excitement. This would be an incredible opportunity for me.

I look forward to hearing from you, and to implementing my ideas and experience to wow you.

By giving them a bit of what they don’t even know they need, you immediately become invaluable. And bonus: when you get the job, you’ve already got your first 90 days planned out.

3. Read Glassdoor reviews.

Glassdoor has become the go-to website for job seekers. As the assigned Glassdoor representative at my company, I cannot stress the importance of Glassdoor for our brand, reputation, and transparency. Glassdoor does double duty: informing you about your potential employer, and giving you a better sense of what you’re worth. Remember, job interviews are important for you, too, as you discover if this position will be a good fit. Discovering the positives and negatives of a company, straight from employees, will help inform your decision, and with posted salaries, you can estimate what your potential offer will be. If your potential salary isn’t posted, Glassdoor’s more general salary calculator takes your location, experience, and job title, and gives you a good starting point for possible negotiations later.

4. Hit up your network.

If you haven’t done it yet, now’s the perfect time to scout your LinkedIn. Know someone with a connection at the company you applied for? Ping them and ask if they can put in a good word. Email people at the potential organization, and ask what their experience has been — that way, you’re getting an insider look AND you’re making a good impression on someone internally.

5. Leave it be.

Done all the above steps? Now it’s time to relax. You’re going to feel the overwhelming urge to check your email/phone every second, to call up the hiring manager and be like, “So…?” But resist the urge. Take a deep breath. Reassure yourself. It’s all going to be just fine. But don’t forget — you haven’t got the job yet. It’s always wise to use this time to continue applying (and interviewing) for other positions.

Any other tips for a successful interview process? Let us know!

A 20-something #girlboss, Tori Dunlap is an award-winning social media marketer and entrepreneur. Founder of victori media, helping 20-somethings live life victoriously. Obsessed with travel, a good glass of Cab Sav, and you. Follow her on Instagram here.

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  • Kaci

    I always check Glassdoor before an interview, because applicants can review their interview experiences. It can help you prepare for certain questions!

    • Tori Dunlap

      Great point, Kaci! Absolutely love Glassdoor!

  • Judith

    So much follow-up seems a bit over-the-top for me, especially solving their problems when I haven’t yet been familiarized with their internal structure. Also, I’d feel cringy if someone approached me like that.

    Maybe it’s very different depending on your field?

    • Tori Dunlap

      Hey Judith, I totally get where you’re coming from. My experience is in marketing, where companies love to present you their problems in the interview (“how will you grow our social media following?” “What kinds of strategies do you picture implementing?”) Answering those problems, and then giving them a full 90-day look at how you’ll start, has helped me land jobs.

      • Judith

        I suppose these are totally valid questions in marketing. I’m an engineer, the normal process for us is to complete several tests on our knowledge and abilities. It serves the same purpose, even as I prefer the introvert-friendlier approach of solving problems on a screen.

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