After shaking the interviewer’s hand and exiting the building, you may breathe a huge sigh of relief that you made it through the job interview and now are free to wait for their decision. However, you’re not off the hook yet.
While you’ve definitely gotten through the most challenging parts of the hiring process, there are quick, easy steps you can take post-interview that will keep you on the hiring manager’s mind and bring you closer to a job offer. Here are five things you can do in five minutes to follow up after an interview:
1. Stay organized
From the beginning to the end of your job search, keep track of your application materials to ensure that you don’t miss opportunities. “I’d suggest a spreadsheet that has all positions to which you’ve applied, contact information and link to posting so that you aren’t caught off guard should a recruiter call,” says Tara A. Goodfellow, owner of Athena Educational Consultants, Inc. After an interview, update your spreadsheet with the names of people you’ve met and the date that they’ll reach their decision by, if this information was given.