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Post Interview Checklist

The interview is over, and the waiting game begins. It seemed to go well, but you’re still waiting to hear back. What should you be doing after the interview?

Send a thank you.

A thoughtful thank you should be sent to the recruiter(s) within 24 hours. CareerBuilder conducted a survey, which showed that 22% of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who did not send a thank you, and 91% of employers liked being thanked for the interview. Recognize that many company representatives conducting interviews are taking on recruiting as an addiitonal task to their engineering job, so thanking them for the the extra effort can go a long way.

Refer to your notes after the interview and write something thoughtful. Email is the quickest way to follow up. A nice additional touch would be promptly mailing out a personal, hand-written thank you note.  

Follow the interviewer’s guidelines, and don’t be a stalker.

Recruiters are often dealing with numerous candidates at a time. They have their processes in place to help them stay organized. If the recruiter mentioned a certain form of communication that works best for them, follow their instructions. When closing the interview, candidates should leave understanding the timeframe in which the company will get back to you (you should ask if this is not clear to you!). If the company tells you that you will hear back in a week, wait for a week. If you have another offer with a deadline before you hear back from another company that you’re waiting to hear back from, then go ahead and reach out.  Connect with ECS on best practices for dealing with conflicting timelines.

Of course, you’re anxious to find out if you received the position or not, but try not to pester the employer. Try to remain assumption-free about no news, but if you’ve reach out to the employer several times over several days or weeks and it's past the previously mentioned timeline it may be a sign that the employer is not interested.  

Don’t stop your job search waiting for an answer.

The company may have seemed perfect after the interview. However, don't halt your job search activities because you are waiting to hear back--proceed until you have recieved a written offer letter!  

Know what you’re worth.

You may receive an offer when you hear back from the recruiter. It is valuable to know what reasonable offers to expect given your work experience, GPA, degree level, etc. ECS provides salary and wage statistics by job type, degree level, and major. Refer to ECS Job Blog posting Salary Negotiation for Beginners to understand if your offer would warrant negotiations.

Stay in touch if you don’t receive the job.

You may not be fit for a job at the company now, but you may be the right candidate for a different position in the future. Keep in touch with the contacts that you’ve made by sending an email every six months, picking up the phone, or connecting through LinkedIn. If you are not hired, accept the rejection in a professional fashion and with grace.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
–Walt Disney

About the author

Lauren Verhoff

Lauren Verhoff is a Graduate Administrative Associate with Engineering Career Services.