Have you considered what you should be doing after you leave an interview? It's not over after you leave. There's much more work to be done to leave your positive impression with the hiring manager!
Write a thoughtful thank you note.
I've seen this suggestion shared pretty frequently, but I cannot stress this enough! Most job seekers do not take the time to say thanks. Part of the issue might be that you are unsure of what to say, or when to say it, so you just don't say anything at all. Don't make that mistake!
Take the time to create a handwritten note. Be courteous and show that you learned something from the interview. Taking the time to write something, and sending it through the mail shows initiative.
On the other hand, it's okay to send a note through email too. It might feel less stressful not thinking about what kind of card is appropriate, what color pen to use, and whether your handwriting is neat enough to comprehend.
However, there's a possibility of it "getting lost in the sauce" as I like to say. If it's a job you really want, then I say go for the handwritten note!
Send along your writing samples and the best work from your portfolio.
Honestly, I always bring my writing samples to the job interview. But, on the off hand you forget, or don't find it necessary, bring up the topic during the job interview. "Would you like to see my portfolio? I can send some samples to your email." The hiring manager will more than likely say yes. This technique also gives you a chance to say thank you after the interview. You can also get access to the manager's email so you can easily contact them for follow-up.
Be prepared for a follow-up interview or phone call.
Speaking of follow-ups, it's very common that more than one interview will be required before the company makes a decision on hiring you. Or if they are offering you the job, they will probably call you and give the offer over the phone, or invite you back to the office to tell you in person. Whatever the case may be, it's a good idea to be prepared.
Reflect on the interview afterward, and ask yourself these questions: Can I see myself working for this company for the next five years? Will I work well with my potential co-workers? Will I enjoy the work that was discussed during the interview? There are many questions you should ask, but these are the main ones that will help you determine whether you should say yes to the job offer, should they offer it to you.
Reflect on what went well and what could have gone better.
Right after an interview, I always think about what I was asked and how I answered the questions. I tend to research the best and worst ways to answer the most common interview questions, and this allows me to immediately evaluate how I did.
The truth is, there's hundreds of blogs and articles out there to help you with job interviews. Take advantage of them, and try to use their advice on your next job interview. If it doesn't work out, don't get discouraged. Just take a moment to admit that this particular job wasn't meant to be, and keep looking. The right job is out there!