Many think that the moments before you head into an interview are the most critical, however, this may just be a misconception. The interview continues on even after you walk out the door. There are several ways to recover from an intense round of interviews and ensure you get the job. These days, the format of interviews may vary with face to face interviews being replaced with telephone interviews, nonetheless, it is vital that you communicate your interest in the job even after the final interview.
Here are a few tips from The Muse on how to best position yourself to book the gig and what to do right after an interview.
1. Refuel With a Quick Snack (or Dessert)
This might sound unrelated, but you’ve just been through a long day of interviews! While I’m not suggesting that you drop everything, you should reward yourself for your hard work.
Take a short break after you arrive at home to refuel with a quick snack. Or. if you happen to have your favorite dessert waiting for you, go ahead and treat yourself.
2. Write Down Anything Important That You Discussed
I know what you’re thinking—time for the thank you notes! But here’s the thing, a simple “thanks for meeting me” message won’t help you stay in the hiring manager’s good graces. So, before you start drafting those emails, jot down a couple things you discussed with each interviewer. This is a great way to refresh your memory and write even more tailored notes when it’s time to put pen to paper.
3. Write Down One Reason You’re Excited About This Opportunity
Now it’s time for thank you notes, right? Not quite yet. The next step in this process is to think about why you’re excited about the job you just interviewed for. Is it a chance to make a career change that you’ve always wanted? Is it the type of company that you’ve always wanted to work for? Find the one reason that you’re excited to continue the interview process, and use that to guide the way you communicate your enthusiasm about the role in your notes.
4. Send Your Thank You Notes
OK, finally—now it’s time to write (and send) your thank you notes. You might look at all the steps to this point and assume this should take a long time, but the truth is that you can do this all in about 10 minutes.
5. Follow Up Correctly (a Week From Now)
At this point, you could do one of two things: You could wait for the hiring manager to get back to you (and put all your energy into stressing out)—or you could take a smarter (and more proactive) approach by following up.
This article was first published on The Muse.