You might get nervous and stressed before a job interview, so when it’s over, and you’ve shaken all hands, you breathe a sigh of relief. Now, you just have to be patient and wait for them to call you back. The ball is in their court, right? Not at all.

While it’s up to the hiring manager to decide if you’re the right fit for the job, you aren’t completely off the hook. Even if you’ve presented yourself well during the interview, there’s work to be done afterwards. Here are 21 things you should do immediately after an interview and within the next few days:


  1. Thank the potential employer for their time 
  2. State your interest in the position and company
  3. Be as specific as possible: say what parts of the job excite you and why
  4. Ask about next steps (before you leave the interview)
  5. Ask if you can connect via LinkedIn
  6. Be brief, friendly, and conversational
  7. Show gratitude 
  8. If possible, collect business cards from everyone you meet during your interview
  9. Send a thank you note within 24 hours to show that you’re interested in the position
  10. Add to the thank you note any significant information that you feel may be appropriate
  11. Refer to a topic discussed in the interview
  12. Write everything down and include names, titles and what you discussed
  13. Evaluate what went right and what went wrong
  14. Learn from your mistakes and successes for next time
  15. Start thinking about the next round
  16. Research things that came up in your first interview
  17. Don’t stalk
  18. Wait 2 weeks before you check in with a polite email
  19. Keep searching
  20. Continue to network
  21. Don’t burn bridges


These actions will show the potential employer that you’re engaged, motivated and  interested in the job. Just remember, you shouldn’t bombard the person with multiple emails or calls. Remain proactive and professional without appearing desperate or pushy. If you haven’t found the perfect job yet and want to hone your interview skills even further, sign up for our online video course “How To Ace A Job Interview.”

How to ace a job interview

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