After the Interview

  • Be sure to get a business card or at least your interviewers name so you can follow-up after the interview.
  • Do send a thank you note or email within 24 hours after the interview.
  • Stay in contact with the organization. Periodically check-in to determine the organization's progress on making a hiring decision.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to email or call the interviewer in one to two weeks after the interview or based on when the interviewer stated they would be making a decision, to let them know that you are still very interested in the position and you are calling to follow-up on the status of the interview.
  • Avoid being annoying or calling or emailing often. This will turn an employer off and could actually put you out of the running for a position.
  • Ensure that you have your references lined up. In the event an employer requests them, you will want to have 3–4 professional reference names and contact information ready to go. It is vitally important that you ask permission to use a contact as a professional reference. You never want a reference to be taken by surprise. References can be past or current supervisors, past or current colleagues, faculty members, classmates you have worked on projects with, etc. Select people to serve as references who know your working style well and are willing to give you a positive and professional recommendation.
  • Do NOT discuss benefits, salary, hiring perks, promotions, etc. until after you are made an actual job offer.
  • Research salary ranges that match or are similar to the position you interviewed for, paying attention to your geographic area and level of experience. Use the salary negotiation web sites listed below in the More Resources section.
  • Do your research, be prepared, and know your bottom line before entering into any salary negotiation.
  • Remain flexible and open minded, particularly in a tight job market.

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