Landing a job offer after an interview can sometimes feel like a mystery, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right follow-up steps and a proactive approach, you can significantly increase your chances of turning that interview into an offer. Here are some insider tips and practical advice to help you stand out and impress potential employers. From crafting the perfect thank-you email to showcasing your work samples, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know to seal the deal. 

Follow-up Email 

Within 24 hours after your final interview, send a thank-you email to the hiring manager. Keep it short and sweet—just a few sentences to express your gratitude and interest in the job. The content isn’t as crucial as the act of sending the email itself, which shows your ability to follow up. If you want to go the extra mile and really impress them, send a follow-up email to  all your interviewers, summarizing your qualifications and reiterating your enthusiasm for the position. Make sure to get everyone’s name right and spell the company name and any associated products correctly to show your attention to detail. 


If the company hasn’t requested your references yet, it’s a good idea to send them proactively. Typically, three references are sufficient, with at least one being a former manager. Make sure to give your references a heads-up that they might be contacted about your work experience. 

Examples of Work 

Voluntarily offering work samples can be a powerful way to showcase your skills. These can include writing samples, portfolio pieces, or physical products you’ve created. They allow employers to evaluate your previous work and assess your fit for the role. Just ensure that any information you share isn’t confidential or intellectual property of a former employer. 

Know the Process 

Ask your main contact at the company about their hiring process and how many other candidates are being considered. This will give you an idea of the timeline and if you might need to wait while they finish final interviews with other candidates. Also, keep them updated on your job search status. It’s polite to let them know if you’re expecting other job offers. If you don’t hear back after a week, send a follow-up email, and then another one two to three weeks later.  

Show Interest 

Make sure to clearly express your enthusiasm for  the role and the company. Many people underestimate how important this is in the decision-making process. Employers want to hire people who are genuinely excited about the job and the company’s core values. 

Written: July 2024