7 Things You Should Do After Every Job Interview
Congratulations! You’ve survived a tough job interview. Now you can sit back, relax and wait for the forthcoming offer to roll in...think again.
How you act after a job interview is just as important as how you act during it. If you want to make a good lasting impression you need to do these seven things every single time.
Write down tough questions
You should use every interview as a learning opportunity. When you get home, jot down the topics that you covered, the questions that were asked and any other key points that you think might help you in the future.
Analyse your answers
This is the tricky part, especially if you think that your interview did not go well. Pay special attention to the questions/topics that you struggled to talk about. Where did you trip up and more importantly, how can you improve? Prepare answers to these questions before your next interview.
Connect with your interviewer online
Even if you do not secure this position, you may want to interview with the company again in the future. Therefore, it’s important that you build key relationships and important contacts during your job search.
Connect with your interviewer on LinkedIn, save their email to your address book and follow the company on Jobbio.
After your interview you should always send a thank you note or email. It will take just a few minutes but it could help you to stand out from the other applicants. Always thank your interviewer for their time, express your continued interest in the post and let them know that you are excited to hear about the next steps. Keep things light but formal.
Wait until the timeline expires
At the end of your job interview, you should always ask the hiring manager what the next steps will be. Try to find out a specific timeline. That way you won’t waste hours refreshing your emails waiting for a reply. If they say they will let you know in two weeks then wait for two weeks before getting in touch again.
Send a follow-up email
If you really want this job then you need to be proactive. Once the initial timeline expires write a brief “check-in” email to your main contact showing your continued interest. Be cordial, not demanding. Remember that HR professionals are usually very busy so they might not have contacted any of the interviewees yet.
Know when to call it quits
If you don’t hear back from the hiring manager after an email and/or a phone call it’s probably time to call it quits. You might feel a little disheartened but just think about all the things that you’ve learned along the way. Keep searching, the right opportunity is out there, you just have to find it.