Often a great candidate is passed over in favour of another equally great candidate who did proper post-interview follow-up. Here are some important steps to take after an interview:
- Evaluate your performance: Whether or not you think that you did well, take some time to evaluate your performance.
- Take note of what you did right and what you could improve on for your next interview.
- Don’t obsess or be overly critical – you just want to make note of what you can do better during your next interview.
- Write down the questions you were asked; this will help you prepare for your next interview.
- Send a thank you note within 24 hours of the interview: After an interview it is important to send a thank you letter or email to each interviewer. That letter or email can help you stand out from the crowd. It won’t be the main thing that gets you the job, but if will leave a positive impression.
- The thank you note can be written or emailed, but should be sent within 24 hours.
- Follow-Up: It is appropriate to contact the employer after the interview. Following up is important for your piece of mind because you can find out the outcome of the interview while showing the employer you are interested.
- Contact the employer after 1 week if you have not heard anything.
- DO NOT call or email repeatedly; contacting the employer too much is annoying and will make you seem desperate.
- Keep job searching: An interview will not automatically lead to a job offer. Don’t wait for an offer because it may take weeks before you hear back from the interviewer.
- Stay positive!: The average hiring process is about 5 weeks long and some are much longer.
- If you do get notified that you were not selected, it is appropriate to ask for feedback about why you did not get the position; do not argue about why you were not selected– there may be many reasons out of your control that influence the decision.
- If you are told that you were not selected stay positive! There may be future job opportunities at this company and it’s important to maintain a positive relationship.
Need more help?
Attend The Centre’s Interviews that “Impress Workshop” and learn how to answer behavioural interview questions. You can also book an appointment with one of our Employment Advisors for one-on-one interview coaching.