Matthews & Stephens Associates Career Resource Center: After the Interview

Career Resource Center

After the Interview

Immediately after the interview, expand on your notes from the interview.

Questions to help you debrief yourself

Interview Follow-up

Follow up thank you letter
The importance of a thank you letter cannot be overstated. Candidates have dramatically increased their chances of going to the next step with a strong letter, and the inverse is also true. This is a real opportunity to separate yourself from other candidates. Understand that the employer wants to know why you can do the job, not why you would like to. The thank you letter is one of the most important but least used tools in the search process. A poorly constructed follow-up is as damaging as not sending a letter at all.

Four components to a successful thank you letter

Letter Tips

Follow-up call
Following up an interview with a phone call is a great way to show that you are interested and motivated enough to take the initiative and contact the potential employer. At the end of an interview, a job seeker can directly ask the hiring manager when and how often they should call or email to follow up. Knowing the interviewers timeline for making a hiring decision is another way to determine when to make your follow up call. If the allotted time has past without any response from the employer, call to reaffirm your interest and inquire about the status of the position.

providing your references & background checks
When the hiring decision has been narrowed down to finalists, references are often the deciding factor. A reference is primarily a person to whom you have reported, has reported to you, or has worked closely with you. Sometimes on your behalf, references can be from outside the company such as (clients, vendors) who might offer additional perspective. As a rule, a reference should not be personal (friend, relative) because they do not offer insight into performance and characteristics on the job. Additionally, references should not come in the form of generic letters.

If you have been employed by the same company and reported to the same manager for a long time, obtaining references may be difficult. In these instances, obtaining a copy of your performance evaluation may be a suitable alternative.

The employer should inform you when they intent to start checking your references. Employers prefer to speak to references directly and ask their own questions. References can be a powerful tool in helping you get an offer, if they are prepared properly.

Reference guidelines

Background checks
Typically, a background check uncovers criminal and court records. It includes driving records, vehicle registrations and also may include sex offender databases. You must give written consent for a potential employer to conduct a background check on you. If you agree to the check and inquire about the results, the employer must share them with you. You have the right to dispute the findings if you think they are incorrect.


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