After the Interview
- Be sure to get a business card or at least your interviewer's 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.
- BUT 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 professional reference names and contact information ready to go.
Salaries & Benefits
- Do NOT initiate discussions of 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 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.