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Keep working: 4 steps to take after a job interview

by Chris O’Shea

If you have a job interview coming up, we’re sure you’re stressing about it. And you’ll want to let out a big sigh of relief once it’s over. But remember: Your work isn’t done when you leave the interview. There are some things you can do after the interview that could improve your chances of landing the job. Here are four:

Send a note.

As cliche as it might seem, sending a thank-you note is always a good move. We’re obviously not talking a handwritten letter; emails work just fine. Keep it short and sweet. It doesn’t have to be overwrought. In the note, thank the person for their time, reiterate how much you want the job and tack on something about one of the questions asked during the interview.

Clean out your online closet.

Employers will look at all of your social media accounts, so if you haven’t already, go through them and clean out all the junk. Don’t try to make it seem like you’re devoid of a personality, but do delete any posts that make you seem immature or irresponsible. Not sure what to keep and what to trash? As CNBC explained, try looking at your accounts as if you’re the employer. That’ll give you a good baseline.

Connect on one platform and one platform only.

The only online connection you should seek with a potential employer is via LinkedIn. LinkedIn is great for networking, so even if you don’t end up with the job, the employer might end up linking you with someone else. Don’t friend the interviewer on Facebook or follow them on Instagram. That would be weird, and companies don’t want to hire weird.

Leave it be.

Once you’ve completed the aforementioned steps, leave it alone. Don’t email or call the employer for at least a week. Give them time to sort through the candidates. If a week or more goes by, feel free to reach out. If there is no response, chances are you didn’t want to work for them anyway.