It may take days—or weeks—for an employer to make a hiring decision. During that time, avoid calling the employer and asking if a decision has been made. You don't want the employer to think of you as a pest. The employer will call you as soon as a decision has been made.

In the meantime, keep looking and applying for other jobs. You may get the job you interviewed for, or you may find a different job that suits you even better. Keep your options open.

What if the answer is "no"?

If you didn't get the job, try not to take it personally. That may be easier said than done. There may be reasons why the company hired someone else that have nothing to do with you. Just realize that this job wasn't meant to be, and be confident that there will be another one coming along that is an even better fit. Also, realize that you're now one interview closer to landing a job. It’s really about numbers. The more interviews you have, the sooner you're likely to get a job. So, keep up your spirits. With time, effort and faith in yourself, you will land a job.

What if the answer is "yes"?

Congratulations! If the company makes you a job offer, sometimes you know right away that everything meets your needs. If that's the case, you can accept the job immediately. Other times, you may need more information before you make a decision.

When the company extends the job offer, it should describe the pay, benefits, background or drug tests and anything else essential. If you’re missing some details, ask questions. Now is also the time to negotiate salary if it isn't quite what you were expecting and to ask when they would like you to start.

Starting a new job is exciting—and stressful. To help ease the transition, take a look at the New Job Calendar and Tips for a Successful Career.

Employment ABCs: The Days After the Interview

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