What You Can Do After a Job Interview.
The period immediately after a job interview is an area still cloudy in mystery. Some experts claim that doing one thing will increase your chances of landing the position. Yet, others will say this will hinder the likelihood of you being offered the job.
So, what should you do?
Sadly, there’s no right or wrong way to approach this scenario. However, we here at Drake recruitment have decided to highlight the different options you have post-interview. As well as this, we’ll be telling you why this can be a good idea, why it might not be for you, and we’ll even be including a top New York-based recruiters’ opinion.
Without further ado, let’s get to it:
The ‘Thank You’ Note.
Possibly the most divisive entry on this list, leaving a thank you note after your interview is an absolute must in the eyes of some. However, for others, it’s a big waste of time. Remember, if you do choose to go for this option, make sure the note is short (less than one page) but personalised where possible.
The Good: On the plus side, it shows that you’re appreciative of the interviewer’s time, regardless of the outcome.
The Bad: If you’re unsure of the interviewer’s name, a thank you note can come across as generic. Not only this, but the interviewer is likely to be a busy person, and will likely only skim over the note.
The Recruiter’s Opinion: Always a great idea, following up to say thank you for your time, it was a pleasure meeting you/speaking with you is never going to hurt your application. I would also recommend adding in something that you learned during the conversation “The way you are approaching X, Y, Z is really interesting to me”.
Follow Up Your Interview.
Compared to the previous point, this includes other forms of contact, often some time after the interview. This includes via email, text, or call – whichever is relevant. This is another point that divides people, with some claiming that constantly chasing up after an interview can be detrimental to your chances of landing the position.
The Good: Showing that you’re persistent and keen for the role will rub some interviewers the right way.
The Bad: There’s a fine line between being persistent and being annoying. If you’re going to follow up on your interview via phone call, text, or email, be careful of your wording. Annoying the interviewer or business will only hinder your chances of landing the position.
The Recruiter’s Opinion: You have to be slightly more careful with this one, if you are working through a recruiter, they should be doing this anyway. However, if you are going to follow up, I would recommend something along the lines of “Hi, I hope you are well. I thought I would follow up on our conversation on Monday. Was there any extra information you needed from me at this time?”
Rather than dwell on the results of one job interview, why not continue applying for similar roles and positions? After all, the more you apply yourself, the more likely you are to land a job, right?
The Good: Applying for multiple jobs in a short period of time can help to alleviate the disappointment of rejection. If you apply for jobs on an individual basis only to be rejected, you’ll have to go through the entire process again when applying for another. However, if you’ve already applied for several jobs only for one to come back unsuccessful, you’ve not put all your eggs in one basket.
The Bad: Keeping track of who represents which business can get confusing, not to mention embarrassing if you get names or businesses mixed up. Also, this approach can lead to situations in which you may have to pick one job offer over another or before you’ve heard back from a second.
The Recruiter’s Opinion: Absolutely, never put all your eggs in one basket. Just make sure to be transparent with the other companies and explain that you are at the later stages with another role.
Wait for The Response.
Tying into the previous point, the alternative to applying for other jobs is to wait for a response. This is natural if you’ve applied for your dream job but brings more negatives than it does positives.
The Good: The only real positive from this approach is that, in some cases, you’ll be free as a bird for when/if the call comes to confirm you’ve landed the role. That’s assuming you didn’t say one of the [5 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY IN AN INTERVIEW].
The Bad: Wasting valuable time that could be sent applying for other jobs or similar positions. When it comes to job searching, time is money. So, use it wisely. If you’re not employed but looking for work, why waste a second? After all, if you’ve been through the interview process, wait several days for a reply, only to hear you’ve been unsuccessful, you’ve wasted time that could have been spent applying for other jobs.
The Recruiter’s Opinion: This ties into a few earlier points, I would suggest the following schedule (post-interview):
- Monday (Day of interview) – follow-up thank you email.
- Tuesday – Let them mull over the decision.
- Wednesday – Drop them an email (unless they have given you a specific timeframe of when they will come back to you), consider asking if they needed any more information on yourself.
Make a Note of The Key Parts of The Interview.
This may sound a little obscure, but hear us out.
Imagine that you narrowly miss out on the position, and it turns out it was down to just one or two questions you weren’t ready for. Because you weren’t expecting these questions, you were thrown off balance, and it cost you the job. However, immediately after the job interview, you wrote down the key points, and now you can use them for practice.
Although you may not have landed the position from that interview, you learned a valuable lesson – how to improve your technique for your next interview, and how to answer the difficult questions.
The Good: Prepares you for your next interview, regardless of if the interview is successful or not. This means that the more interviews you take part in, the better your technique becomes.
The Bad: Having to remember key points during the interview, whilst also interviewing well. This can be tricky and may require practice, as it’s sometimes considered rude to make notes during an interview.
The Recruiter’s Opinion: ABSOLUTELY! I always recommend going into an interview with three sheets of paper (a notepad will do).
- Sheet 1: Questions you want to ask about the role/company.
- Sheet 2: One or two bullet points about your career highlights that they will be interested in (this helps you to get back on track if you lose your train of thought).
- Sheet 3: This is for you to make notes of things you are interested in, things that will help you in your decision-making process when they decide to offer you the job.