What Should You Do After Your Job Interview?Posted on September 23, 2016
We’ve all been there – attending a job interview for a position you really want and then facing the anxious wait for feedback from your interviewer. Many candidates make the mistake of believing that with the interview behind them, they have done everything they can and it is then a case of waiting for the news. Wrong!
While you wait for news, there are several things you can do to enhance your application and further your job search. With that in mind, here are five things we recommend doing following your interview:
Analyse How The Interview Went
Take a few moments to analyse how you feel the interview went. It does not matter how confident you are, analysing your own performance can only help you to improve for future interviews. Consider things such as how well you were able to answer the interviewer’s questions, how well you knew the background of the company and whether the questions you asked were relevant.
Find Out When You Can Expect Feedback
There is nothing worse than sitting by the phone and waiting to hear back following an interview. Asking when you can expect to hear back is a perfectly reasonable question for candidates to ask during an interview. Knowing when you can expect a decision saves you from worrying and allows you to shift your focus to new opportunities if the phone does not ring.
Follow Up With A Thank You
You may want to consider writing a thank you letter or email to your interviewer(s). This is something that many candidates forget to do, despite the fact it demonstrates your enthusiasm and desire. Remember to gather the contact name and position of your interviewer(s) before leaving.
Do Stop Looking For Other Positions
It can be very demotivating to have to begin from square one after a potential position falls through. Even if you are feeling super confident after your interview, our advice would be to continue searching for other positions until you receive a firm job offer. This may result in you receiving multiple job offers, so make sure you know what you are looking for from any potential role and employer.
Remain Professional After Rejection
We are all likely to experience rejection at some point in our working lives. If this happens to you, it is important that your response is as professional as it would be if you had been successful. Remember, whilst you may have been unsuccessful on this occasion, you never know what positions may arise in the future. The last thing you want to do is burn bridges which could come in useful further down the line.
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