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What to do After your Job Interview

The key to your job

You’ve prepared well, done the interview and now you’re breathing a big sigh of relief because you think it’s all over.

Don’t stop now. There are still a few more things to do, while eagerly waiting for that important phone call or email saying, “Congratulations! You’ve got the job.”

Here are a few tips to further impress your future employer:

Get contact details:

Firstly, ask your interviewer for any business cards or contact details before you leave.

Take note of the job titles, names and email addresses of each of the people who interviewed you.

Evaluate:

Think back and reflect on your interview. What were the issues you encountered?

What went well? What didn't go well?

Try to identify areas of improvement. How could you give better responses? What would you do differently?

This assessment will help you better prepare for future interviews.

Send a thank you note:

Verbally thank each of your interviewers for the opportunity. Ask if your interviewer if they have any questions which still need answering. Also ask your recruiter if there is any documentation (work samples, copies of qualifications/certificate etc.) still outstanding.

Promptly send a thank you email within 24 hours – 2 business days to your interviewer, hiring manager and/or recruiter. If you were interviewed by more than 1 person then send each one a thank you email.

In your email, you can say something like this:

Dear [insert interviewers’ title and full name]

Thank you for the opportunity to discuss my qualifications and career history with you. I remain very impressed by [interviewers company], and invite you to contact me if you have any further questions. I look forward to hearing from you about this position.

Yours sincerely, [your full name]

In your email, briefly highlight 2 important points you forgot to mention or focus on during your interview. Tie these main points in with a discussion you had with your interviewer.

Send extra documentation:

Make sure you keep your promises. Don't forget to send any documentation still outstanding (work samples, references, copies of qualifications/certificate etc.), as requested by your interviewer or recruiter. Do this in a timely manner.

Warn your References:

Tell your references to expect a call. Summarize a few brief points and suggestions they can recommend why you must get the job. Ask your previous employers to make credible endorsed referrals.

Follow Up:

If your interviewer or recruiter hasn’t stated a time frame when you can expect to hear whether you got the job, follow up.

At the interview, ask your interviewer or recruiter what the appropriate time will be for you to follow up on your application. This is usually after about 2 weeks.

Send your interviewer a brief email saying something like this:

Dear [insert interviewers’ title and full name]

I was interviewed at your [insert company name] for the [insert position] on the [insert date]. I am still interested in the vacancy if it hasn’t yet been filled.

I’d greatly appreciate any information you have about the status of my application.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely, [your full name]

Be persistent but courteous when following up. Don’t be too pushy though, it may put your prospective employer off if you seem too desperate.

Never Stop Searching:

Learn to accept rejection. Just because you didn’t get this job, doesn’t mean you must stop looking for vacant employment opportunities.

Use each interview as an opportunity to improve upon your interview skills and to network.

Who knows, the same company may contact you a few years later telling you about another available vacancy. Your interviewer may even recommend you to another company.

Always ask for constructive feedback. This will help you improve for future interviews.

Pic Credit: Olivier Le Moal (Olivier26), dreamstime

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