What to Do When it's Done
The end of the interview does not mean the end of your work. Every job candidate should create a follow-up procedure that begins the moment the interview ends. Evaluate your interview. What questions did you nail? Which ones did you do poorly on? Do you think you appeared too nervous or timid at times? What about pompous? What exactly was the job you were applying for? Did you know that was what would be required? Do you still want the job? A top to bottom review of your performance will not do anything to change your prospects for the job you just interviewed for, but it can certainly improve your chances in the next one.
Always write a follow-up thank you letter after your interview. Sending a note shows your thoughtfulness and a strong sense of interest. While a thank you note doesn't mean you'll nab the job, not sending a note can get you crossed off an employer's list quickly.
Like your cover letter, your thank you note should be less than a page. Mail it off within 24 hours of your interview and if possible mention the name of the person who was interviewing you. Include a sentence that speaks to your appreciation of the interviewer for taking the time to meet you. The content of the letter should make clear that you were attentive and engaged during the interview. That what the interviewer talked about and asked about are the same things you've been thinking about. Be as enthusiastic as you can be without being obsequious and fawning. Transparent excitement is easily seen through even in a letter. Finally, try to elucidate that you can contribute quickly to whatever projects the company is planning in its near future.
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