4 Things You MUST do after an interview

post-interview etiquette

Going in for interviews can be incredibly nerve-wracking for some people. For others, it might be as natural as breathing.

Regardless of how you feel about interviews, there are rules you have to follow, which are your post-interview etiquettes. Skipping out on this step can prove to be fatal to your potential job opportunity. You might accidentally anger your would-be employer, or you could end up with a poor first impression if you end up getting the job anyways. In 2016, CareerBuilder conducted a survey that explained how 57 percent of job seekers didn't send thank you notes after an interview.

Instead of leaving your interview without any follow-up, take a look at these steps to see what you're not doing, and why it might be a good idea to start.  

1. Ask for a timeline

Usually, good employers will let you know what the recruitment process is and how it breaks down. If you weren't given a timeline as a reference, ask for one at the end of the interview when you're asked for any questions. Doing so will let the interviewer know that you are interested in the position and that you are eager to hear back.

It will also give you some peace of mind in regards to when you can expect an answer or a reply on your interview. Don't be shy when bringing this up. As the applicant, you need to know where you are positioned in the interviewer's mind and you have to be fully informed of what to expect.  

2. Send a unique thank you note

It doesn't hurt to follow up after an interview with a quick thank you. This low-effort, high-reward  action can help give you a more concrete impression in your interviewer. The same way you want to maximize your time to do things you want or need to, your interviewer took time out of his or her day to speak to you. Thank them for their time and for the interesting chat you had with them.

If you do choose to send a thank you note, make sure you do it within 24 hours of the interview. Keep it short and sweet. Remain professional. Don't start selling yourself to them again, but it's okay to restate your enthusiasm for the position.

An added bonus within the Thank You note is to include a link or a book recommendation to a topic that you discussed with your interviewer during the interview. Not only does it show that you were intent on the topics discussed, it also provides your interviewer with something to look up, all because of you.  

3. Loop back with the original recruiter

  If your interview was set up by someone other than the person who interviewed you, such as a third party recruiter, in-house recruiter, or even a HR manager, make sure you take the time to loop back to them to thank them.

Besides being common courtesy, this gives you a chance to hear back from the recruiter regarding any decisions or comments regarding your application and interview. By doing this, the recruiter has a chance to tell you how the interview went and if they have any thoughts for you to further improve your interviewing skills for future cases.

As a side note, I'd recommend NOT adding your recruiter or interviewer on LinkedIn until after the hiring process. Things can get a little weird if you didn't get the job but still have them on your network, which can get a little awkward.  

4. Follow up two weeks later

The usual protocol for following up is to wait at least two weeks after the interview to reach out for a response. If you know the timeline for when they'll respond, then base your follow up on that schedule.

Following up gives interviewers a chance to revisit your application and interview if they forgot about it. Don't take it personally. Hiring is a difficult task that most managers have to handle on TOP of their daily duties, so delays can always occur. Be polite and find out what the status of your application is. We'd highly recommend simply following up with an email instead of a phone call, which can be seen as a nuisance to some.

Of course, if they don't respond to you after you reach out once or twice, take it as a sign to move on and keep looking. Don't get stuck on a job that doesn't want you, but be professional. Do not send any email or message that you'll regret!


Post-interview etiquette can set you apart from your competition. If you don't do this, you can have a difficult time gaining the approval of your interviewer, regardless of how well you thought you did. Make sure you take note of these so that you can be at the top of your game.

Team Vanna

Vanna's expert writing team

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