After the Interview

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So now that the interview is over, you can just sit back and wait for the employer to contact you, right? Absolutely wrong. The first step after the interview is to follow-up with the interviewers, to send the interviewers a thank you note. You should do so within 24 to 48 hours after the interview has been completed. You can send your thank you note in the form of an email or a letter. In your note, you'll want to mention something in particular that you want the interviewers to remember about you, perhaps a particular ability that you have. You want them to recall who you are from the interview. And in closing, you want to tell them that you will get in touch with them in a few days to see whether a hiring decision has been made. If you are uncertain about your ability to compose a letter in English, you can ask other people to proofread your letter to make sure that there are no errors. And in a few days, if you haven't heard anything, it's okay to make the contact that you mentioned in your thank you note. You want to contact the interviewer, telling them who you are and telling them that you're calling to see if a hiring decision has been made. In addition, after the interview, there are some things that you definitely should do, and let's look at those. If the interviewer says that you should hear back from them in a few days, and you do not, then it's alright to call them, perhaps on your video phone, but you should only call them once to see if a decision has been made. And if you don't hear anything back after that, then you should assume that the position has been filled or that it's been closed, and you should move on. You also should continue looking for other jobs. Just because you had an interview, doesn't mean that you should stop looking. You may find another job, you never know. And if you don't get the job, don't let it get to you. The decision does not reflect a bias against you. There are many reasons why people aren't hired for a particular position, and it has nothing to do with you personally. You have to remember, oftentimes there are a number of applications submitted for a single position, and an employer certainly can't hire every person for that job. The employer has to weed through the pool of applicants and find the person that is the best fit for the job. You shouldn't become overly frustrated because you are not hired for that position. You should, instead, remain polite, and thank the employer for the opportunity to interview for the position. After all, you never know. That company may have another position that comes open in the future. And if you have been rude or ungracious, said negative things about the company in the past, then you won't be considered in future hiring decisions.


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In this segment, viewers are given tips for steps to take after interviewing for a job. The discussions include advice for sending thank you notes or e-mails. Viewers are provided a list of "dos and don'ts" after an interview. Part of the "Getting a Job" series.

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