Step 5: Follow Up
During the Job Interview
As the interview begins to draw to a close and you’ve asked your interviewer questions about the position, be sure to collect any business cards or contact information from the employer/interviewer before you leave.
Having a business card will make it easier to follow up. If for some reason you can't get a business card, use LinkedIn for the contact information of your interviewer.
After a Job Interview
The purpose of following up after an interview is to show your gratitude for being brought in to interview and remind the interviewer that you're a strong candidate for the job and should be given serious consideration.
Immediately send a thank you letter, note, or email message to everyone who interviewed you. Handwritten letters are best, but they aren't always feasible, thus email is perfectly acceptable.
- Use your follow-up note to reiterate your interest in the job and the company.
- Remind the interviewer why you're qualified by highlighting your relevant skills.
- Did you forget to say something? If there's something you had wished you'd shared during the interview, do it now.
- Proofread your follow-up letters before you send them. A typo or grammatical error can hurt you more than it will will help.
For more information, see our Follow Up video.