We all know the things we should be doing before and during an interview but did you know that what you do afterwards can also have a big impact on whether or not you get the job?
We all know the things we should be doing before and during an interview but did you know that what you do afterwards can also have a big impact on whether or not you get the job? Below we have listed five things you should always do after an interview if you want to stand out from other candidates and ensure that you accept a role that’s right for you.
Even if you’re not interested in the job, always make an effort to follow up with the recruiter or the company because the feedback provided can valuable when it comes to future interviews. It also shows the employer that you’re enthusiastic and this will very much go in your favour when it comes to deciding who to hire.
If you’ve been unsuccessful, try to take any feedback on board. It could be an innocent mistake you’re making that you’re not aware of and remaining oblivious to it could hurt your chances of succeeding in future interviews.
While employers do look favourably upon those who follow up with a simple thank-you, don’t phone them every day asking if they’ve made a decision because this will come across as desperate.
What did you think about the company?
When going for job interviews, it’s important to remember that you need to like the company as well as the role. Think about whether you thought the company was the right fit for you, if you can see yourself growing there and if you think the culture is the right fit for your personality.
What went wrong?
When we walk out of a job interview we normally get a feeling about whether or not it went well. If your instincts are telling you that it wasn’t right, take some time to think about what may have gone wrong.
Maybe the interviewer was taken aback about your lack of research about the company, there may have been a couple difficult questions you stumbled on and that threw you or perhaps it has just been so long since you had a last interview that you’re out of practice.
Assessing what went wrong and why it went wrong can stop you from making the same mistakes in future interviews.
Write a thank-you email
Whether you’re dealing with the company directly or a recruiter, always send a thank-you email. Not only does this show that you’re keen and courteous, this also provides you with the perfect opportunity to highlight your strengths and address any questions that you didn’t fully answer at the time.
If you’re going through an agency for example, make sure you phone them after the interview to let them know how it went and how you would like to progress. If they don’t hear from you then they will assume you’re not keen, even if you are. Also remember that even if that particular role wasn’t quite right for you, it doesn’t mean they don’t have other jobs that might be a better fit. If they never hear from you again though it’s unlikely that they will consider you for other positions.
If you would like help finding your next dream job, please feel free to contact Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.