How to Leave a Lasting Impression After the Interview

Posted by Amanda Wencel on Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Interviews are intimidating, simply put.  As I’ve discussed, preparation is the key to success!  Prepare by researching and knowing about the company and the position.  Prepare by knowing yourself; understand your strengths, weaknesses and accomplishments that set you apart.  Prepare by practicing interview questions, both generic and behaviour-based, so that you have examples to pull from and can directly align your abilities with the requirements of the job.

Here are some important general interview tips:

• Plan to be early in anticipation of traffic problems or other unanticipated delays.
• Listen to each question.  It is absolutely fine to take a few seconds to think about your answer before you speak.  What will just be a couple of seconds will seem like minutes to you but take the time you need.  If you do not understand the question ask the interviewer to re-phrase it or re-state the question to ensure you are on the right track.
• Look alert and interested at all times and make good eye contact with the interviewer. If more than one person is interviewing you, make eye contact and address the whole group not just the person who is asking you questions.  STAY ENGAGED
• Never speak negatively about past employers.
• Before leaving ask for the interviewer’s business card so you can send a follow-up thank you email after the interview.

Here are a few sites to visit with more information on interview etiquette:

At the end of the interview, you will almost always be asked “Do you have any questions?”  This is not a time to shy away, as if you use this time to your benefit, you can show your interest in the company and leave a lasting impression.  Remember, you are not the only person they are interviewing!  You want to leave them with a synopsis of what you have to offer and why you want this job, so that when they review the candidates, they will have a clear memory of you.

Questions you could ask at the end of the interview:

If you don’t have a question to ask, I always suggest that you end the interview with a strong statement like “I don’t have any questions, however I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to meet with me today!  After meeting with you, I feel that this job is even more of a fit for me, and I look forward to adding value to your company if given the chance to do so.”

The last important part of the interview puzzle is to always send a thank you note to the person/people that interviewed you.  Be sure to spell their name(s) correctly!

What should be included in a follow-up email?

• Thank you for the interview.

• A short description of the skills, and experience you have that are most important to the job.  Feel free to remind them of a significant example you provided in the interview, so as to connect your name with the conversation that you had in person.

• Re-state your interest in the position and the company. 


Dear Patty Johnson,

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and your management team today for the interview.  After discussing the needs of the company, I am even more confident that my skills and desire to produce results would benefit your customer service department.

As we all agreed, focusing on customer satisfaction is critical to the success of any company.  Since that has always been my primary concentration, I feel I could add value to your company with my knowledge and experience.  The examples of the customer surveys and programs I initiated, and was able to share with you in the interview, are the types of successes that I look forward to bringing to your company!

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Your Name

To the interviewer you are an absolute stranger.  Your resume has supplied some brief information. In the interview it is the interviewer’s job to understand your background and match your experience, skills and personality to the job description.  The only way the interviewer can fully understand your background is by you clearly giving information about yourself in response to the questions posed.

The interview is an information giving and information gathering process.  As the interviewee, the power you have is through thoroughly preparing for the interview. 

“I sometimes find that in interviews you learn more about yourself than the person learned about you.” ~ William Shatner

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