Interviewing for a new job can be a nerve-racking experience. In fact, after you walk out of the job interview you will most likely want to stop thinking about it altogether. That, however, would be a mistake. Once the interview is finished that does not mean your job is finished, it’s time to begin following up.
If you just sit back and wait for the job offer, you will be losing ground on the candidates who are being proactive post-job interview. To help turn your post job interview stress into a can-do positive attitude that could help land your perfect job, here are some of our top tips on what to do after the job interview:
Know the process
The first step to maximising your efforts after the job interview is to find out what their process is going forward. Will the interviewer be contacting candidates in a week for a second interview? Deciding in ten days? Do they notify everyone who applied or just the successful candidates? Knowing what to expect will allow you to determine when to follow up and can reduce any stress and anxiety you might feel about the whole job interview process.
Keep track of everyone you talked to during the job interview. If you were interviewed by multiple people, then make a note of the interviewers’ names and contact information or, later ask the person who coordinated the interview for those details.
Getting the names of everyone involved in your interview is crucial because you’ll want to follow up with an email. This can help make a great impression on your potential employers.
Evaluate your performance
It is important to review your performance after the job interview. Whether you get the job or not, you should use it as a learning experience.
The best way to do that is to take some time to reflect on the job interview and your performance. How do you rate your own performance? Was there something you feel you can improve on? What questions did they ask and how did you answer them? Could you use better examples? It is crucial you learn from each job interview, identify your weak spots so you can understand where you need to improve for the next job interview.
Send a follow-up email
Decisions about candidates are often made quickly, so it’s important to send your follow-up email immediately, the same day if possible. You want your interviewers to remember you and these follow-ups can help you do just that.
The follow-up email doesn’t have to be long. Keep it succinct, thank the interviewer for the taking the time to speak with you, and include the below points:
- Highlight that you believe the position is an excellent fit and that you would welcome the opportunity to join their organisation
- Include a brief summary of one or two sentences indicating why the position is an excellent match given your skills and experience
- Supply any additional information that will address areas of concern that you were unable to fully address during the job interview
- Express your appreciation for the opportunity to meet
- If you were interviewed by multiple people, then try to individualise each email rather than just copy and paste
- Highlight something helpful that was shared with you by everyone. This will help show that you were fully attentive and listening during the job interview – you definitely want to leave a good impression on all parties involved and be memorable
If possible, you should also consider sending a separate form of communication to any support staff you met during the job interview, this should highlight your gratitude for any assistance they offered. These employees have much more influence than you might think when it comes to hiring decision making.
Don’t stop your job search
Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Even if you think a job interview went well, it’s important you do not stop searching for your perfect role.
Having some alternative applications to fall back on in case things don’t turn out as planned will keep your job search moving. Even if that ‘sure thing’ you were banking on doesn’t materialise.
And, if you do end up getting a job offer for your original job interview, you can use your other job offers as leverage to negotiate a salary or to speed up their decision.
Connect with your interviewer online
Don’t underestimate the power of using social media to help with your post job interview efforts. Think beyond the position you have just interviewed for, you want to create a long-term relationship with this interviewer, so if you don’t get this job, if you interviewed well and you can build a relationship, then he will definitely consider you for a similar role further down the line.
Connect with your interviewer through LinkedIn, if possible, find an opening for a connection based on a discussion that arose during your job interview. Did you mention any articles you had seen in relation to their business? Have there been changes in their industry lately? Use anything to strengthen your connection request.
How Recruit Mint can help with your post-job interview efforts?
Part of our process includes continuing to help you after your job interview. We will get feedback from both the candidate and the client, we will maintain communication and stay supportive during your resignation, potential counter offer and any last-minute nerves you have. We will support you during the negotiation of salary.
We will do everything we can to make the entire process as smooth and stress-free as possible, allowing you to purely focus on nailing your interview. If you want to find a new job stress free, then get in touch on 01733 802300 or explore our latest jobs in Peterborough.