What to Do After a Job Interview

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What to Do After a Job Interview

If you are like most people, once you walk out of a job interview you probably think “It’s out of my hands now” or something similar. But that’s not really the case. In fact, what you do following a job interview may make the difference between landing the job and losing the job. In this brief guide, the team at Triumph Consultants take a close look at post-interview actions that can improve your chances of being hired.

5 Things You Should Do After a Job Interview

It may seem counterintuitive to think your post-interview actions can influence the hiring process, but our experience tells us otherwise. To optimise your chances of being hired take these 5 tips to heart.

1: Ask the interviewer what’s next

Before you walk out of the interview room, take a minute and respectfully ask what comes next in the hiring process. Doing so indicates you have more than a rudimentary interest in the position and that you’re a forward-thinking person. The manner in which the interviewer responds may also give you some indication of how you did and what they’re thinking.

2: Send a thank you email

Once you get home you should take a few minutes and write a thank you email. This is another way to indicate to the interviewer that you are interested in the position and that you are well-versed in basic business etiquette. It may help to reference something that came up during the interview so that the interviewer remembers who you are.

3: Write down what you learned during the interview

While things are still fresh in your mind, write down anything you learned about the company and the job that you didn’t know before the interview. If you get called back for a follow-up interview it may be useful to have this information at hand. Again, to demonstrate your level of interest.

4: Relax

Once you’ve asked about the process going forward, sent the thank you email, and made notes about what you learned during the interview, you will have covered your bases. At this point, it’s important not to pester the interviewer because if you do their impression of you could sour very quickly. Instead, if you’re stressed out about things try exercising, meditating or spending time on anything that will help clear your mind.

5: Send an enquiry

If the time for informing candidates has passed and you haven’t heard anything, it’s perfectly okay to send an enquiry. How you word the email and the tone you use will be important. Simply ask if a decision has been made and restate your interest in the position. You may receive a response or you may not. If no response is forthcoming, simply accept it and get back to the job search.

Conclusion

The actions you take in the aftermath of a job interview may make the difference between landing the job and losing it. Take the above tips to heart and you will give yourself the best possible chance of getting the job you want.

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