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Interviews - Follow-up
Now that your interview is over, you might think your work is done.

Not so fast ... as a matter of fact in some ways your work has just begun- whether you get the job or not. Here are some things to do:

1. Write notes in a journal, notebook (or perhaps, even your job searching binder) immediately after the interview. Include things like:

- the interviewer's name, title, and address

- any important information that may help you to prepare for a second interview with the organization.

- all the questions you were asked that you can remember

- any other job leads or networking leads

2. Analyse the interview by completing an After Interview Checklist – What was positive? What could be improved? This will help you learn from your interview and better prepare for your next one.

3. Write a thank you letter using the same general format as you would for a cover letter. Recap your skills in the letter.

4. If you don't hear from the interviewer after a week, follow up with a phone call. Use common sense and good judgement in timing any follow-up.

5. Prepare for rejection. If notified that you have not received the position, ask why you were not successful. If you were not qualified, ask if there are positions with the company for which you are qualified.

6. Do not become defensive or let your disappointment of not getting the job make you sound bitter. You never know if the person the organization just hired will work out. Try to keep communication with the company open to better your chances for future positions.

After Interview Checklist - What was positive? What could be improved?


Print off this section to help you assess how well your interview went. Use it to improve your interview style and get ready for the next one!


1. Did I have the necessary materials with me?

A.Pen and paper? ___ Yes ___ No


B. Personal information package containing resume, documents, portfolio or work samples, reference letters, or lists of references. ___ Yes ___ No



2. Did I arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview was scheduled to begin? ___ Yes ___ No


3. Was I courteous to everyone I met? ___ Yes ___ No


4. Did I know the interviewer's name and use it correctly? ___ Yes ___ No


5. Did I give positive signals about my interest in the position?


a) Did I show interest, eagerness, and enthusiasm in my body language by sitting up and leaning forward?
___ Yes ___ No

b) Did I speak clearly and confidently? Was my tone of voice pleasant?
___ Yes ___ No

c) Did I look at the interviewer when I spoke and when I was spoken to?
___ Yes ___ No

d) Did I fidget or appear nervous?
___ Yes ___ No

e) Did I show that I was listening by answering the questions that were asked?
___ Yes ___ No

f) Did I control my annoyance when dealing with irrelevant questions or interruptions?
___ Yes ___ No

6. Did I demonstrate my qualifications in the areas of:


a) Educational Background
___ Yes ___ No
b) Work Experience
___ Yes ___ No
c) Accomplishments
___ Yes ___ No
d) Career Plans and Goals
___ Yes ___ No
e) Knowledge of the Company
___ Yes ___ No
f) Knowledge of the Job in Question
___ Yes ___ No
g) Self Management Skills
___ Yes ___ No
h) Transferable Skills
___ Yes ___ No
i) Technical Skills
___ Yes ___ No

7. Did I answer all the questions honestly? ___ Yes ___ No


8. Did I convince the employer that I was qualified? ___ Yes ___ No


9. Did I ask relevant questions when given the opportunity to do so? ___ Yes ___ No


10. Which questions did I have most trouble answering adequately?
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11. What were my greatest strengths in the interview?
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13. How would I assess my overall performance?
Poor _____ Adequate _____ Good _____ Excellent _____


14. How could I have improved this interview?
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