As mentioned in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the Interview Handbook, your goal in the interview process is to help the company decide to extend you an offer. And you aren’t finished yet.

Contact Your Recruiter
The first thing you should do upon leaving the interview, once you are back in your car, is immediately call your recruiter. At the very least, leave them a short voicemail message describing how the interview went and whether you desire to continue the process. Together you and your recruiter will take this information and immediate impressions to strategize next steps.

After the interview it’s important to reflect on the conversation and to see if you have all the information you need to accept or reject an offer of employment.

Thank You Note
Next, write a brief follow-up thank you letter to the interviewer(s). This is a GREAT testament to your courtesy and professionalism. A thank you note received a day later keeps your information and interest fresh in the interviewer’s mind.

Sample a follow up email and / or note:

Dear Mr. Stockton,
(Note: Don’t use the interviewer’s first name unless you truly established a strong rapport. Maintain professionalism at all times, and remember this is a formal process, don’t be too casual off the bat.)

I appreciate meeting you and the opportunity to explore the position of Manager of Engineering. Based on our discussion, I know that my management experience and technical skills have given me the tools to take the next step to further my career and contribute to the development of XYZ Corporation.

It is a great opportunity, and I will look forward to hearing your decision.

Best regards,
Mike Brown

Accepting the Offer
Right after an interview, or in the final interview, you may receive an offer. It is most healthy to know the deciding factors of a job opportunity in advance, so that if you receive an offer, you will know whether or not to accept that offer based on its own merit. Weighing multiple job offers is not a problem, but time is a problem. Over time, as people think about things, they tend to rationalize and move toward something safer, but not always the best option.

To prepare you to make a decision before receiving an offer, determine what factors are most important to you and your future career. That way, when you get an offer, you just go down your list, see how the offer rates and make a decision. Those factors should include things like title, function, industry, culture, compensation, company size, benefits, hiring manager, growth opportunity, etc. You may want to assign each factor a score and determine what score is required for a “yes”, what constitutes a “no” and what is a “maybe”.

You can compare your “maybes” to each other, but a “yes” is a “yes” and a “no” is a “no”.  If you need help, work with your recruiter to weigh your options.

Once you accept the offer, it’s time to Resign Your Current Job.

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