- Show you’re still interested – Leave no doubts in your interviewers mind that you still want the job. A simple phrase such as, “I feel I can really contribute to this company and I hope you select me,” at the end of your conversation will leave the interviewer with the knowledge that you are still interested.
- Set the stage for further contact – Let the interviewer know when you are leaving how they can contact you should they need to. If necessary, re-provide them that contact information.
- Be punctual – If you tell the interviewer that you will send them a copy of your resume or reference list, do exactly that and in a timely manner (about 24 hours). Keeping your word shows what type of employee you might be.
- Know when to sit tight – If the interviewer requests that you follow up in a week, then respect that and do just that. You do not want to seem needy or pushy.
- Send a timely thank you note – A positive, non-pushy way to stay on an employer’s mind is by sending a thank you note. In today’s society, this note can be by snail mail or by e-mail within 24 hours of your interview.
- Keeping thinking and learning about the company – Be prepared for additional interviews or follow-up phone calls by continuing to research the company and stay up to date on issues. This way if you receive a follow-up phone call, the interviewer will be impressed that you still stayed up to date on the company after your interview.
- Keeping networking – Networking should never stop. If you have contacts within that company, let them know that you interviewed and ask them to put in a good word for you when they get a chance. It never hurts to have multiple employees from the company talking about you to your interviewer.
- Accept rejection with grace – Although the ultimate goal is for you to receive the job, that might not happen and you need to accept that. Keep your emotions in check and understand that someone else may have been better qualified. The brighter side of things is that now you have leg up on your interviewing skills for your next interview! If you are rejected, the first thing to do is send a thank you note, setting you apart from the other candidates again. This way, if a position opens up again in the company and they think you would be a great fit, they will be likely to contact you because they remember you!