After Interviewing

After the Interview

Once you finish the interview, what's next? What you do next is important. Focusing on them immediately following your interview with the hiring dentist can provide the best results.

First, review how the interview went: What did you do well? What was of interest to the dentist? What didn't go well? What will you do differently in the next interview?

Contact Your References

If you provided a list of references, call them. Give them information about the position so they can be ready to answer a reference call.

Send a Thank-You Letter

Sending a thank-you letter shows interest, thoughtfulness and follow-through. It places your name and qualifications in front of the dentist one more time and sets you apart from dentists who don't bother to send a thank-you letter.

It's best to send a thank-you letter the same day after each interview. Your letter can be sent by email or regular mail. If you interviewed with several people, send a separate letter to each person.

The letter is an opportunity to:

  • Express your appreciation for the interview.
  • Affirm your interest in the position and the practice.
  • Emphasize something about your background or skills that seemed of interest to the dentist.
  • Communicate how you can be an asset to the practice.
  • Give additional relevant information you didn't mention in the interview.

Email Thank Yous

Thank yous sent by email may be acceptable in certain circumstances. But before you resort to the easiest method, consider whether an email thank you will set you apart from others who are interviewing for the position. If the answer is "no" then take a few extra minutes to craft a handwritten note. You might be the only candidate to do so.


If you don't hear back by the time the dentist promised, call and politely ask about the status of the decision-making process. The follow-up is one more chance to remind the dentist of your skills, qualifications, and accomplishments and to reiterate your interest in the position.

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