Do’s and don’ts after a job interview



 

WHAT TO DO

 

1. Send a thank you note

The day after you had your job interview, send an email to the person who interviewed you.  Be careful not to make it too long! Thank him for giving you the chance to show your motivation and for the enriching conversation. Reiterate your interest in the role and the company in 4-5 lines maximum using information the interviewer communicated during the interview. It shows you were really attentive and interested in what he was saying. Finish your mail telling the recruiter not to hesitate to contact you should he need more information from you.

 

2. Connect with the interviewer on LinkedIn

Now that you have met the interviewer, you can send him a request to connect on LinkedIn. Include a brief message with the invitation not to make it too informal. It won’t help you for the role you have been interviewed for but, in case they don’t hire you for this position, having this person as a contact on LinkedIn will be a plus for future opportunities.

A lot of recruiters advertise their current openings on LinkedIn, keeping you updated of any role that might match your profile. You will also be able to contact him should you need more information about a job you like

 

3. Debrief once you are back at home

Write down the questions the interviewer asked you that you hadn’t prepared. Do some research on internet to see what the answers to these questions could have been so that you are not caught off guard next time. Think of what you did well and where you floundered and why. Analysing your performance at the interview will enable you to better perform next time.

 

WHAT NOT TO DO

 

1. Stop looking for a job

You shouldn’t stop looking for a job just because the interview went well. They haven’t offered you the role yet so keep your head down and multiply your chances by applying for other positions you like. This way you will avoid being too disappointed and panicking in case they reject your application. It’s always best not to put all your eggs in the same basket!

 

2. Harass the recruiter

We know that can be stressing to wait for an answer but this is not a reason for sending several emails and calling the recruiter 10 times. If he hasn’t got back to you, it is because the decision whether to hire you or not hasn’t been taken yet.

Keep in mind that recruiters usually meet several potential matches before deciding who the best candidate for the role is.

At the end of the job interview, ask the recruiter when you should except to hear back from him. This will give a better idea of how long you will have to wait. If you haven’t heard from him/her during the time frame he gave you, then it is ok to give a quick call or drop an email to ask for an update.

 

 

3. Lose touch with the recruiter

Keeping in touch with the recruiter is important for future opportunities. Having a good relationship will him will work in your favour has he will keep you in mind and think of you if there is a role that he things might be of interest to you. Even if the answer is negative for the position you were interviewed for, it is not the recruiter’s fault so stay professional and thank him for his time and help.

 

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