What to Do After the Interview

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Candidates waiting to be interviewed

You’ve read countless articles about how to prep for an interview, and how to make it go smoothly, but how much do you know about that rough time before you get that email or call?

The job search process can be long and grueling at times, and Best-in-Class companies are 17% more likely to ensure a thorough hiring process. Keep in mind that you are not the only candidate being considered. So, what should you do to come out on top?

Follow up

Following up with a potential employer may be the most important post-interview piece. A note, an email, something to thank your interviewers for their valuable time. Some people forget this part, which isn’t great.

In 2016, 57% of employers said they rejected candidates because they didn’t send a thank you note after their interview, and 37% said the same of those who failed to follow up later on. Your interviewer took time out of their day to see what you have to offer, so reach out to thank them for their consideration. This is a great time to reinforce your interest in the position and to sell yourself based on the conversation you had. You also can follow up on any discussion points that you had further thoughts on to engage them even further! 

Is it a good fit?

During an interview, the employer is deciding if you have the skills they are looking for. You too have to figure out if this job and company are right for you. In our Workforce Management Insights Report, we found 76% of millennials believe culture to be essential to happiness. Are you passionate about the company’s mission? Do they offer benefits that interest you?

One of our senior vice presidents, Amy Glaser, told Business Insider “Naturally, you want to impress a potential employer during an interview, but afterwards, the ball is back in your court as you decide whether that company aligns with your career goals” and that “It’s better to tell a potential employer that you have different interests than to take up more time during a second interview or to take a job that isn’t fulfilling and resign soon after.” Sure, you don’t want to waste their time, but you need to be mindful of yours too.  


Breathe, stay positive, and most importantly BE PATIENT. Sometimes a hiring decision can take a few days based on the number of candidates they are considering. Just remember- the hardest part of your job search is behind you. Hit these necessary steps and know that no matter what, every interview is great practice for the next one. There is always room for improvement. And hey, if you don’t get the job, come to us. We’re here to help you out!


Craig Leland is Adecco’s Director of Executive Placement based in Seattle, WA. Craig has spent the large majority of his life in recruiting and assisting in the development of hundreds of recruiters nationally. Craig believes that in order for there to be a successful professional relationship, candidates must look to partner with their recruiter and establish clear lines of communication.

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