In healthcare and in other industries, so much of our job search is focused on applications and preparing for interviews. After all the work and stress that go into these phases of the job search process, it can be easy to feel like you have done all you can and to let go and wait. It is important to recognize, though, that your work is not over the minute you walk out of your interview.
Your interview was a chance for you and your potential employer to get to know one another, and you are not the only one waiting to see how the other party felt about the interaction and the fit. If after interviewing for a job, you are just as or more enthusiastic about the role compared to how you felt when you applied, you need to let your potential employer know that. In doing so, you also create one last opportunity to impress them.
Here are a few things to avoid doing after interview so that you can leave the best impression possible:
- Do not wait too long to write a thank you note. Within about a day, you should write a thank you note to each person that interviewed view, even if there were several people who interviewed you for a single position within one organization. Providing timely thanks requires that you plan ahead to ensure you have an email or mailing address for the people who interviewed you so that you obtaining that information doesn’t slow down your ability to show your gratitude.
- Do not make grammatical or spelling errors in your post-interview correspondence. You are showing your potential employer your skills and characteristics through your correspondence with them. If you write sloppily or with errors, it is likely to give your potential employer pause. If you do not appear competent in your correspondence, people could generalize and assume you won’t be competent in your job either.
- Do not be a burden. When we are particularly excited about a potential job opportunity, it can be tempting to reach out our potential employers too frequently or with too much information. Stay succinct, direct, and to the point with your correspondence so as not to seem needy or overly enthusiastic. Ideally, your potential employer knows or assumes that you have other opportunities, which is part of what makes you an attractive candidate.
Takeaway: Know that your potential employer will not only evaluate your application and what happens during an interview but will likely also consider what you do following the interview. To make the best impression, make your skills, as well as your appreciation for their time and excitement about the opportunity clear, even after your interview is over.
3 mistakes to avoid after and interview:
- Don't wait too long to write a thank you note
- Don't make grammatical or spelling errors in your post-interview correspondence
- Don't be a burden