Senior Employment Resources

Interview Followup

Whew! The interview's over. Time to go relax and wait for the job offer, right? Sorry, but you still have one important task to take care of - following up on the interview.

Soon after the interview, we recommend sending an email or a hand-written note to the interviewer(s) - preferably the same day as the interview. In the note, you'll want to do the following:

In other pages, we've advocated getting the name of the interviewer and, if possible, his/her business card. Obviously, doing so really helps in following up after the interview.

We often get asked if the job seeker should follow up even if, after the interview, they're not interested in the job. Generally we think it's a good idea to follow up regardless. You can always turn down the job if it's offered, but before you decide not to follow up, or decide not to accept an offer, you should consider the following:

Yes, some folks advise that sending followup notes or email is old-fashioned. However, the experience of SER's volunteers who have interviewed thousands of job seekers, is that a followup note really does help cement your qualifications in the mind of the interviewer and can sometimes make the difference as to whether you or a similarly qualified applicant gets the job.