Ending the Interview
At the close of the interview, you'll want to make certain that you will be remembered.
1. State your interest in the position, and summarize how you would be a "good match" for this position. Do this by summarizing your top three skills, based on the skills the interviewer feels are important.
2. Be certain that you ask what the next steps are in the interview process. Find out what stage they are currently in, and when you could expect some kind of a response.
3. Be certain thatyou use afirm handshake,aconfident smile,and maintain eyecontact.
4. Get theinterviewer' s businesscard so you can send athank you letter.
Send a thank-you note. Restate your interest in the job, summarize key points of the interview, and add further information to help your case. This simple courtesy can make the difference between selection and rejection. Sending a thank-you note, even one as short as three sentences, can be one of the most important things you do. When employers receive thank-you notes, they immediately remember you. Sending a note makes you stand out positively because so few people send them. Thank-you notes can be handwritten or typed, and mailed. Email notes are acceptable as well.
Right after an interview is the best time to do a self-evaluation. Your can review the entire process and determine your plan for following up and your plan for making any adjustments for corrections to your preparation and practice steps.
Evaluating the company and the position
- What skills and qualities is this employer looking for? Do I possess all of them? How could I better sell those skills in my next interview?
- What do I likeand/or dislikeabout the job or company?
- What information about the job or company do I still need in order to determine whether would accept an offer?