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.
- 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 interviewers one
to two weeks after the interview or based on when
they stated they would be making a decision to let them
know that you’re still very interested in the position
and are calling to follow up on the status of the
hiring process. However, 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 your references’ names and contact information ready to
Salaries and Benefits
- Do NOT initiate discussions of benefits, salary, hiring
perks, promotions, etc. until after you’re made an actual job
offer. However, assume that your interviewer may ask
salary-related questions and be prepared with an appropriate
- Research salary ranges that match or are similar to the
position you’re interviewing for, paying attention to your
geographic area and level of experience. (Both of these factors
strongly influence what salary is offered.) Use the salary
negotiation web sites listed in the More
- Do your research, be prepared, and know what’s important to
you in terms of compensation before entering into any salary
negotiation. For example, are good health care benefits more
important than a specific salary number, or is the option to work
from home several days a week more important than a retirement
fund match? Always keep in mind that you’re negotiating for
what’s called “a compensation package,” not just a salary.
- Remain flexible and open minded, particularly in a tight job