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April 23, 2015 / Stephanie Anderson

Are you making these major post-interview mistakes?

shutterstock_95544490Picture this: You just finished an interview at an amazing company and think you nailed it. Now you just have to sit back and wait for a call, right? Wrong.

Just because your interview is over doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability to continue making a good impression. Skipping some simple yet highly strategic steps can actually decrease your chances of ultimately getting an offer. Here are the top seven post-interview mistakes people commonly make:

1. Skipping the thank-you note
Some candidates skip sending a thank-you note because they assume it’s a given that they appreciate the interviewer’s time. Big mistake. A thank-you emphasizes your gratitude and is another opportunity to get your name in front of the decision maker. Email is generally acceptable but if you know the interviewer is a bit old-fashioned, a handwritten note is a nice gesture.

2. Delaying sending the thank-you
Second only to not sending one at all, sending a thank-you too late can backfire. Job hunting is hectic and seemingly small details like a thank-you note can be easy to procrastinate. Make it a priority so you give the impression that your potential future employer is a priority; you should email within 24 hours of the interview. (Pro tip – blockĀ 30 minutes on your calendar immediately following the interview for thank you notes)

3. Writing generic copy
A generic thank-you will only make you appear lazy. Send thank-yous to anyone who interviewed you and add short yet compelling copy. Be genuine and reference things you talked about, things you have in common or ideas spurred by your conversation. It shows you paid attention and put time into your response.

4. Skipping the follow-upĀ 
Most interviewers will tell you next steps at the conclusion of the interview. If you haven’t heard anything after an agreed-upon amount of time has passed, don’t by shy about following up. Interviewing can be a long, tedious process and it’s completely acceptable to follow up about where a company is at in the hiring process. This action also reminds them that you are still interested in the position. If a timeline was not stated during the interview, a follow-up phone call or email after a week is appropriate.

5. Calling and emailing too much
One follow-up phone call or email is completely acceptable. If you call more than once without being told to specifically, you are quickly going to gain a negative reputation. Same goes with email; there’s no need to email the hiring manager daily for an update. Know when it’s okay to contact the company and when it’s best to sit tight.

6. Skipping LinkedIn opportunities
Building your professional network is important. After an interview, it can be appropriate to connect with company contacts on LinkedIn. Skipping strategic connection requests means one less time you put yourself in front of an important decision maker. While some people may not approve the connection, it’s worth your time to try.

7. Being a sore loser
If you find out that you did not get the job, the best thing you can do is be gracious for having the opportunity to have interviewed with the company. If it’s somewhere you really would like to work, you may want to send a note that says you would be happy to be considered if the candidate selected doesn’t work out or if new opportunities arise in the future.