Completing the interview does not mean you are finished. There are several things you should do afterward to make the most out of your interview.
This lesson will explain how and why you should reflect on your interview and give you some samples of follow-up emails and thank-you letters. It will also discuss ways to evaluate a job offer, as well as how to gracefully accept or decline the offer.
Watch the video below to learn some tips for following up after an interview.
After an interview, you may experience many emotions. Regardless of whether you feel the interview went well, you should take time to reflect on the experience. This type of reflection can help you come up with additional questions you can use in a follow-up interview or thank-you letter, and it can better prepare you for future interviews.
The Reflecting on Your Interview worksheet below can help you determine how you performed during the interview.
Writing a thank-you letter after your interview is one way to demonstrate your good manners. But this isn't all a thank-you letter does for you.
Not everyone enjoys writing thank-you letters. In fact, some people are not sure how to write one.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about writing thank you letters:
Be sure to include the date the letter is written.
Make sure to include the hiring manager's name and title here.
Using the hiring manager's formal title (Mr., Ms., Dr., etc.) and last name is a sign of respect.
In your first paragraph, make sure to thank the hiring manager for taking the time to interview you, include the position name, and demonstrate your excitement about working with the company.
In this paragraph, you can follow up with any questions that you didn't ask during the interview. This gives you another chance to make a good impression, especially if there was something you forgot to mention during the interview.
Here, you can restate why you are the best candidate for the job and identify any specific skills that relate to the position. You should also try to remind the interviewer of something specific that was discussed during your interview.
In this section, be sure to include an appropriate closing line (such as sincerely or respectfully), and your contact information. If you print the letter, you can also add your signature.
In the final paragraph, reiterate your appreciation for the interview and let the interviewer know that you look forward to hearing about the job soon.
If you get a job offer, how should you respond? You may want to accept the job immediately if you feel that the employer is offering you a fair wage. You also may want to take some time and think it over, especially if you have other opportunities to weigh. Either way, express your enthusiasm and ask to take some time to consider the offer.
The only way to know if an offer is fair is to compare the offer to the regional average and evaluate the offer against your personal and financial considerations.
Use Salary.com's Salary Wizard (seen below) to find out how your offer stacks up against the average. Answer a few questions to get a free report that graphs your salary compared with the regional average.
After you have evaluated the offer, it's time to either take the job or turn it down. Both should be done politely and in writing. Today, it is common to respond to job offers via email, although regular mail may also be acceptable.
Review our example to see what a good acceptance letter should look like. To download and print a copy of your own, click the image below.
Call the person who interviewed you to discuss your decision. Then follow up with a letter—like the sample seen below—that thanks the interviewer for the offer and explains why you have decided to decline. Remember to keep the tone of your correspondence professional and courteous.
If you're sending an acceptance or declining letter via email, you don't need to include the date, return address, or mailing address at the top of the page. Just include your own address and other contact information—such as your email or phone number—below your name in the signature area.