Do not expect an offer on the spot. Do not mention salary and benefits unless the employer brings up the subject. If you are offered the position you will be given this information. To ask during the interview makes it seem as though this is the most important factor. It reflects poorly on you.

Make a short concise statement of your qualifications and stress your interest in the position (i.e. "This interview has convinced me that my abilities match your needs. I am very interested in the position. Could I call you in a few days to check on the status of my application?")

At the very end of the interview thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. Do not loiter around after the interview ends.

After the Interview

  • A "thank-you" note should be sent within 24 hours of the interview. Reaffirm your interest. Specifically refer to a topic that was discussed in the interview. Re-introduce your candidacy.
  • Talk the interview through with someone who listens well. Compare notes with others who have gone through the interview process. Write down what your strengths were during the interview, what did not go as planned, and what can you do differently. Continue your job search.