Special Series for Graduating Seniors: Job Interviewing Tips

by robertr

April 30th, 2008


Once the interview is over, you can breathe a big sigh of relief but don’t forget to mind your manners. The way you end the interview is another opportunity to demonstrate your human relations skills. First off, always thank the interviewers for their time and consideration and reiterate your interest and enthusiasm for the job. In addition, apply these simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to getting a job offer:

• Find out where you stand. Ask if there are any concerns that you can address immediately.
• Ask about the next step. Discuss their timeline and when they anticipate making a decision.
• Send thank you notes to your interviewers, as well as any support staff that were helpful to you during the process. Make each note a little different by personalizing the note with specifics related to your contact with them.
• If there is time between the interview and their decision, send a handwritten thank you note.

• If there is a short turn-around time between your interview and the anticipated decision date, send your thank you notes via email.
• Follow up by phone shortly after their decision date if you have not heard from them.

If you receive a rejection letter or phone call, remain positive. Let them know you appreciated their time and thank them for the opportunity to meet with them. Don’t burn your bridges – there’s always a chance that you might be considered for another position in the organization!

For more tips on job interviewing skills, check out our new blog section: Generation.Next! Do post and share your feedback!

This is the last posting of our Special Series for Graduating Seniors: Job Interviewing Tips. To see our complete job interviewing guide, Interviewing 101 or How to Make Them Love You and Pay You Too, please click here.

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