You nailed the interview and now the wait begins. Here is a secret: You should not just be waiting! Within 24 hours of your interview, you should send a thank you email or letter to your interviewer. Recruiters are busy people; you are not their only focus, and this probably is not the only position they are looking to fill. You may be on their to-do correspondence, but they have not made it to your check box yet- take the lead and make it easy for them to respond!

If it has never occurred to you to send a thank you after an interview, add it to your post interview arsenal now! Not only is it polite, but it is also a great way to put your name front and center and make sure you stand out.

  1. Keep it short but incorporate something of interest from the interview to show them that the letter is specific to them.
  2. Articulate your continued interest in the position. Just as you are unsure if the interview went well, they are uncertain if you are still interested in the position.
  3. Make sure to note that you look forward to hearing from them and that they can reach out to you at any time if they need additional information.
  4. Most importantly- thank them for their time.

Once you have sent that thank you email, take a step back and have patience. It is recommended that you follow up within a week unless you were told you would hear from someone within a specific time frame. If that is the case, follow up one day after that time frame has lapsed. The wait can be frustrating, but if you keep your correspondence professional, you will know you are on the right path.