The Post Interview Survival Guide
You’ve done it! Well done! You survived the job interview and have hopefully impressed the Interviewer enough to either secure a 2nd / 3rd interview or maybe even the job (depending on what stage you’re at)!
Now this is where the scary part comes in, surviving the post interview wait. There are still some important things that you should do and keep doing as soon as you’ve left the interview, let’s discuss:
Say Thank You & Follow Up –
You might be thinking “hey, the interview’s over, I just have to play the waiting game now!” Wrong! Now it’s time to prepare your thank you note and get it sent out. Make sure you get this out within a day or ideally on the same day as your interview.
You can choose between handwriting one, typing one (and then sending in the post) or by email. Play it smart, if for example your job requires email skills, then send one by email. If it’s for a formal organisation then a handwritten letter is going to be your best choice.
I would personally go for the handwritten or typed, printed and posted / hand delivered option. This is really going to help you stand out and be different to what others are doing!
The above can and should also be applied to following up; make sure you show the employer how grateful you were for them giving you their time, and to ask any questions you may have thought of afterwards.
Don’t Hold Your Horses! –
Yes, the interview could have gone incredibly and you may have even secured yourself a new job, but it’s imperative that you don’t stop searching until you have an offer letter in front of you! Continuing your search and having other interviews will also ease the pain of receiving interview and job rejections. Hey! You might even find something better than the role you previously applied for!
A good idea might be to tap up the hiring companies competition to see if they have something similar which you could apply for.
What Worked And What Didn’t? –
Take a bit of time after the interview to think about what went particularly right or particularly wrong. Compare it with a list of interview mistakes (like ours) and see what you can improve on next time! Turn yourself into an interviewing Jedi!
This is a very important point which people often neglect / forget about. If you didn’t get the job this time round, then make sure you ask the employer for some feedback, this will help you to improve and develop yourself for future interviewers. Ask them what was particularly good about the interview, so that you can make sure you do it next time!
Taking on these tips will help you develop a fantastic post interview strategy and will ultimately and hopefully help you find that perfect job!
We’ll have more on this subject in the future, thanks for reading.