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5 Things You Should Do After a Job Interview

Interviewing for a new job can be a nerve-racking experience. You put a lot of effort into preparing for the conversation to ease the worry and to know the critical step in the hiring process. After the interview, you might be a little ready to stop thinking about it. You should do a few things that could help you land the job.

1. Record some notes.

As soon as you leave the meeting, write down some notes. Record whom you met with, their job titles, what you talked about, and anything else you can think of that seemed significant. Also, make a note of any questions you still have. You’ll use this information to help you follow up. Write down everything you can remember as quickly as possible after your interview so you don’t forget anything important.


2. Send a brief but thoughtful email.

Following up after an interview is essential. So, take a few minutes to send a quick email to the people you spent significant time with during your visit and interview. You can do this within a few hours of your meeting, and you should try to get to it by the end of the day. 


3. Reflect.

Whether you get this job or not, you should be able to learn something from this interview. The best way to do that is to take some time to reflect on the meeting after the day is done. Discuss it with someone you trust. 


4. Send a thank-you note.

Although sending a piece of snail mail may feel antiquated these days, it’s still the right thing to do after a job interview. It’s so customary that not doing so could cost you the job. According to a CareerBuilder survey cited by Fast Company, 56 percent of employers said that not receiving a thank-you note indicated a candidate wasn’t earnest about the position.  


5. If you can ask for feedback.

If you don’t get the job, it can come from this process, even if you don’t get the job. If you’re turned down for a position, you’ll be notified via a phone call or email. Seize this opportunity. Thank them for taking the time to contact you and ask why you weren’t hired.