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Week 9: MilSpouses: Interviewing Afterglow

Stay Positive Post-Interview

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Use the Information from the Interview

What you do after your interview is just as important as what you do during the interview. Sending a thank-you letter can keep your name fresh in the hiring manager’s mind, remind them of your skills and qualifications, and help you offset any concerns about anything that went wrong during the interview.


References allow a company to learn more about a candidate’s work ethic and job responsibilities directly from employers or colleagues.

 They validate what you put on your resume and give companies insight into the type of person you are. Finding the right references and coaching them on what the company is looking for can help you stand out from other candidates. You can also have your references ask questions that will give you a better idea about where you stand in the competition and if they have any worries or concerns.

You obtained information during your interview that will help you determine:

  • WHEN to follow-up after the interview.
  • HOW to follow-up after the interview.
  • WHO you should follow-up with.

​The following information gives ideas regarding what you should do.

1Respect the timeline that was given to you by the company. They gave you a specific day/date/time that you should expect a call-back/decision. Use that information to your advantage by strategically timing your follow-up.
2Continue to connect and schedule interviews for other possible opportunities. Get out there and court other employers! This will also help you with negotiations later if you receive multiple job offers.
3 Follow-up roughly 12-24 hours before the company is slated to make a decision.Your goal is to keep your name fresh in your recruiter/potential employer’s mind as they approach their decision. This is especially important if your interview was early on in the process. Here are the methods you should use:
  • Visit the company in-person if you are local.
  • Give them a phone call if the job is remote, or if the employer is not in an environment conducive to walk-in visitors.
  • Send an e-mail to each person you met with during the interview process.
  • When you feel there were mistakes, issues, or concerns during the actual interview.
  • If you have additional questions that you had not thought of during your interview.

​This article from ZipRecruiter tells you the right way to follow-up after an interview.​

          AN INTERVIEW:
  • Spam your potential employer with emails or phone calls every day.
  • Rely on one employer for a call-back (also known as putting all of your eggs in one basket).
  • Fail to follow-up! Employers are more likely to forget you if you don’t.