What you do after an interview can make or break your chances of landing a job in a law firm. We’ve been successfully staffing law offices in Los Angeles for over 25 years. Take our advice about post-interview etiquette and follow-up, and maximize your chances of getting the job you really want.
- Be sure to send a handwritten thank you via U.S. mail after your interview. Ideally, this should be mailed the same day on a plain note card or stationary. The thank you should be brief. Highlight your appreciation for the interview; reiterate your interest in the position; and include two or three sentences about why you are the right person for the job or anything you forgot to say during the interview. Demonstrate good grammar and penmanship. If you forget, or time gets away from you, or if you are worried about your penmanship, an email should be sent the same day or the day following the interview. Use proper grammar, capitalization, etc. Remember, this is a business communication. You are not texting your friend. Sending a thank you shows that you have good manners.
- Remember to follow-up with any information the interviewer may have asked you to provide following the interview.
- Don’t be overly aggressive in following-up. If you are not represented by an agency, it is acceptable to contact the hiring manager directly after the deadline (if the manager mentioned one) to see if a decision was made and a candidate was hired. However, calling, email or stopping by the office repeatedly is not persistent; it’s annoying.
- Do not stop searching for a job even if your interview went well and you feel confident you will be getting an offer. Unless you have a job offer, you do not have a job. There are a number of reasons why a great interview might not result in a job offer, and it may not have anything to do with you. The firm or company may have decided to put the position on hold or not to hire at all. You might even find a better opportunity while you are waiting. So continue with the job hunt. If you have another job offer, you may be in a stronger position when it comes to negotiating salary.
- Do not give notice at your current job until you have an offer and have passed any background screenings. If anything goes wrong, you might find yourself unemployed.