Don’t forget to complete the following after your interview:

  • Write a personalized thank you email or card directly to your interviewer(s) within 24 hours of completing your interview. Include something in the body of the message that was discussed in the interview so that it feels thoughtful and personal.
  • Make sure to ask about the company’s expected hiring timeline before leaving the meeting.
  • Wait at least a week from that scheduled date before following-up with your business contact, as hiring decisions often take a bit longer than initially expected.
  • When following-up, make sure to keep your communication professional and courteous.


Meet with an SPDC career advisor if you want to discuss the best way to negotiate the salary or benefits of an offer. Each offer is different, and the negotiation process needs to be handled carefully.

When negotiating salary always make sure to do your research and ensure that you’re asking for a salary range that is reasonable for the position title and area where you will be living.

Accepting and Declining Offers

If at all possible, call and speak with the recruiter or company contact directly when accepting an offer. When you accept an offer make sure to complete any necessary documents that may be needed for HR or hiring purposes. Don’t accept an offer and then continue to interview for other positions. If you are unsure of whether or not to accept an offer, meet with an SPDC career advisor to discuss the opportunity.

When declining an offer, keep your conversation professional, show appreciation for the opportunity and express that you would like to maintain a professional relationship with the recruiter or company in the future. The professional world is smaller than you realize, so don’t leave anyone with a bad impression or burn any bridges during the interviewing or hiring process.