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 go.
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 response.
- 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 Resources section.
- 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 market.