Make Sure You Do These 10 Things After A Job Interview

  | Laura Slingo

     

It may come as a surprise to some, but after an interview your work is not yet over, in fact it’s only just beginning.

Here are ten things you must do after any job interview.

1. Ask questions
Before you leave the interview ask the interviewers how they would like you to follow up. You’ll be surprised by the number of candidates who don’t follow up, assuming incorrectly that their work is done.

2. Manage your expectations
Before you leave your interview ask one final question and save yourself a world of unnecessary angst: establish when you can expect to hear from them and how they will contact you.

3. Walk away
Before you whip out your phone and call whomever it is you have to call, make sure you are some distance away from the building you have just interviewed in. The last thing you want is for an interviewer to overhear you bragging about how well it went, or moaning about them. If in doubt, wait until you get home.

4. The follow up
Regardless of how they requested that you follow up, make sure you send each interviewer a personalised email, thanking them for their time. Don’t leave the interview without each interviewer’s business card or email address. The number of candidates who don’t do this is astronomical. Don’t let this be your downfall.

Be sure you write the thank you note the afternoon of your interview (if it was in the morning) or the next morning (if it was in the afternoon). Never leave it longer than two days. This demonstrates enthusiasm and desire for the role, without making you appear desperate. It’s also a clever way of bringing yourself back into the interviewer’s mind.

5. Post-interview analysis
By which we don’t mean obsess frantically about every little detail of who said what and how they looked when you answered a certain question. Instead take stock of the questions they asked you. Write down any tricky or new questions that came up and work on perfecting the answers for next time. Treat every interview as a lessons-learned for the next one.

6. Keep looking
Even if you think you have this job sown up, don’t break the job hunting momentum. Until you have a contract in your hand, assume you need to keep looking. You never know what might crop up in the interim that is much more suited to you and your particular skill set.

7. Use other job offers as leverage
Don’t use a potential other job offer as an ultimatum to get a decision, use it to get things moving. You want to see if the company is really interested in you, so mention in passing that you have received another job offer, but it’s their job you are really keen on. It might hurry their decision along.

8. Use your recruiter
If you’re working with a recruiter use them to follow up for you. They might have a relationship with an interviewer or the company and get you insider information that you wouldn’t normally be privy too. If you don’t ask, you won’t get.

9. LinkedIn
Use LinkedIn to its full advantage. If you have found your interviewer on LinkedIn, wait a couple of days post-interview before you reach out. When you do send them a connection request, add a personalised message. Say something along the lines of:

“Thank you so much for your time on X day, when you interviewed me for the position of Y job. I’m very keen to join your team, so please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions for me.”

The beauty of this approach is that it remains professional and also your note comes with your picture attached. You’ll instantly be sprung from the recesses of their mind to the front.

10. Subsequent follow ups
Ideally you will have been told how and when to follow up for feedback. But if you weren’t given that information, take it easy. Wait a week, minimum, after you have sent your thank you email, before you reach out again.

There’s a fine line between being keen and being annoying. Don’t ask “are we nearly there yet?”, instead enquire how far along in the recruitment process they are, or how you compared to the other candidates. You want to appear eager, not desperate.

Author bio: Laura Slingo is Digital Copywriter for the UK’s leading job board, CV-Library. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.

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