The interview has ended and you finally breathed a sigh of relief. Now just go home and wait for the answer, right? Wrong! Your job is not over yet, not if you are really interested in the vacancy. There are some important actions to take after the interview that will help you get the job.
There are some recommendations to follow after the job interview and how you act at that stage is as important as your behavior during the interview. It is here that many candidates feel lost because they have no idea how to act. After all, the line between being interested and being annoying is very tenuous.
With that in mind, we've put together the top recommendations made by recruiters about post-interview follow-up. These are tips of what to do and what not to do after the job interview. Here they are:
Evaluate your interview
Once you complete your interview, it is helpful to summarize your interview. Remember to put the questions that were asked and your answers, as it will be important that you have a record of them in case there is a follow-up interview.
You should also write in this summary everything you would like to have said but you either forgot or did not have the opportunity. So, if you are selected for a second interview you can take the opportunity to talk about what was not said.
A complete evaluation of your own interview hel?s a lot in identifying points to improve. By identifying these problems you will be able to work on them so that in future job interviews you are better prepared and these mistakes do not recur.
Write down contact information and the next steps
As soon as the interview ends, you can and should ask about the next steps. What is the deadline for the company to contact? What is the best way to contact the company? Will they get in touch with everyone or just who gets the vacancy?
Having this well-documented data will help you feel less anxious during the process of waiting for the response to the vacancy. It is important to note the contact of all the interviewers and those responsible for the selection process.
Getting everyone's names involved is crucial because you need to make a thank-you note. This note must be sent as an email, which shows your gratitude for the interview and for the opportunity. It should be sent within 24 hours after the interview ends. Depending on the type of company, a handwritten letter can be very recommended as well.
Wait for the deadline given by the interviewer
It is very important to have patience after the interview. For you, a week may seem like an eternity, but for the recruiter, it's just another week. If the interviewer says that the response time is 10 days, do not contact them before 10 days. This will demonstrate despair and lack of attention.
After 2 days from the deadline given by the company, send an email asking about the process but without forcing feedback or saying things like "you said it would take 14 days, but 16 already passed." Do not do it! State that you have a great interest in working for the company and would like to receive your response.
If the interviewer does not have the answer yet, please wait. At the latest, one month after the last conversation, send another email asking about the vacancy. Remember also to follow the instructions given by the person in charge of the selection process. If you were told to contact by email, do not call!
Notify your references
It is important that all the people you used as a reference during the interview know that. They need to be prepared to get a call from the interviewer so they will not be caught off guard.
But do not manipulate the referral because recruiters will easily notice when this happens. Just remind them of what you accomplished when you worked with them.
It's important not to sit back after the interview. Keep looking for vacancies while you wait for the answer. With the competitive market as it is, you can not afford to just sit and wait.
This does not mean losing hope in the position you applied for, quite the opposite, as you continue the search, you are also preparing for a possible second interview. There are cases in which companies take up to 6 months or even 1 year to complete a selection process.
Do not be discouraged, but keep looking!
Do not question the result
We do not always get the result we want and we need to deal with it. It is crucial that you do not question the outcome given by the company. You ask for feedback by clarifying if there was a point at which you failed, which will help you improve for the next time.
Be polite and demonstrate maturity, as this is a sign of professionalism. You may not have been able to get the job you applied for but a correct attitude towards the negative result may even make your name one of the first in the next wave that the company opens.