How to: after the interview

Waiting for feedback is no easy task – they’ve told you Friday, but does that mean Thursday? Does it mean Friday morning? Friday lunch? Friday evening? Surely not. Twiddling your thumbs, checking your phone minute after minute – it’s painful to say the least.

So, how is best to handle the void in between trial and judgement? We’ve come up with some top tips to get you through and ensure that you make the most of your interview experience.

Best mindset: ‘no news is good news’ – Bare in mind that the interview process can be very long, indeed. There may well be many candidates who need to be seen and considered. The wait is hard, but while you haven’t heard anything, you’re still in the running!

Regroup with yourself – Spend some time gathering your thoughts about the whole experience – what did you think of the company? Are you happy with your prospective job or did your expectations change? How do you feel you did – were there highlights, and things you felt that you could have improved on? Are there changes that you could make now to improve your chances of getting to interview in the future?

Don’t dwell – Regroup – yes – but don’t dwell! It’s done now, and nothing you do post-interview will change what happened. Instead, keep busy and stay productive! Do things that will help you next time: relax, review your CV, and do some research.

Remain vigilant – Make sure to keep on top of your emails. Granted, you might be there already – draining the battery of your phone by constantly refreshing your emails – but vigilance and prompt response is key in showing that you are enthusiastic about the role and the company, too. They don’t want the hiring process to be made longer by waiting for you to get back to them!

Say ‘thank you’ – No harm will come from letting the company know that you appreciate the time that they have taken out of their schedule to see why you might be a good employee. Sending a brief follow-up message is nice and it is appropriate – make sure to keep it relevant, short and simple.

The interview process can be long and arduous but it is necessary. They need to gage if you’re a good fit for the company and, more than that, you need to decide if you like the company, too. Consider your potential employer – analyse your thoughts and feelings towards them. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn what you want from a company and a working environment. You’ll be doing this every day, so as well as making yourself desirable, be aware that you should want them, too.

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