The interview went great! Congratulations! But now that you’ve left the office, you still need to consider the fact that there may have been awesome interviews with other potential candidates. To help you with the Post-Interview Stage, we came up with these kickass tips.
Always send a thank you email or letter with the person you have been communicating with. It’s a great way to remind them of you, secure your interest in the position, and help you remain in contact. Don’t feel the need to go overboard, but make sure to be sincere.
If you walked away from an interview you weren’t thrilled about, but if you are still interested in the position, feel free to ask them for any further questions they may have for you.
The thank you note is not a chance to explain any blunders in the interview, but it’s a great chance to say something that you may have missed out on before.
Send the thank you a day or two after the interview, to show that the position is still on your mind.
2. Ask Questions
Don’t go out of the way to badger the company with questions, but if a question genuinely comes up, feel free to ask. These kind of questions can include:
- “What resources do you read to learn more about the industry?”
- “How many clients do you work with on a daily basis?
- “Would you like any samples of my work?”
Do not bring up salary or benefits if the employee has not yet discussed them. The first interview is typically used to weed out those who are unfit for the company and the position. The second round usually involves how you benefit from the job.
3. Be Patient
If the company doesn’t respond to your thank-you or inform you of anything regarding the position, do not panic. Most companies are very busy. If they’re hiring, it is because they are overwhelmed with work and need another person. That means discussions with the group over who to hire may be put on the back burner until there is time. Remember, their clients are the people giving them money. It’s more important to meet those needs first. Give the company one to two weeks before inquiring about the position. Showing patience, even during such a nervous time period, can be a good sign for a client.
4. Keep Looking
We’re not trying to say you failed the interview. We’re not saying you’re unfit for the job. But this is a busy market and there is always going to be competition. Sometimes, it’s a matter of one slight answer that can determine the company’s position. As the age old saying goes, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Instead, keep looking for new potential jobs. If it’s not this one, there is another one right around the corner.
Now that you’ve mastered the interviewing process, tell us your best interview or worst interview story!