You have just finished a job interview and feel excited about your chances of being hired for the role. But wait, there is still more to do after an interview while waiting to hear back from your prospective employer.
Here’s a checklist to bear in mind to plan your next step after acing that interview!
1. Reflect on important points about the interview process and your reasons for being excited to take up the job you just interviewed for. Before drafting a “thank you” email, think about your important points you discussed during the interview process to show that you are a perfect fit for the role and your reasons for seizing the opportunity to be interviewed. Is it a company that you have always wanted to work for? Are the company’s mission and objectives aligned with your own personal aspirations? Writing a tailored “thank you” note is a great way to communicate your enthusiasm about the role and even convince the hiring manager that you are worthy of the position.
2. Send your “thank you” note. After reflecting about the interview process and your reasons for attending the interview at a particular company, it is now time to put pen to paper and send your “thank you” note! It is advisable to send a personalised “thank you” note within 24 hours of your interview. Not sure what to write in your “thank you” note? Check out these samples for reference.
3. Notify your references. Inform you references that they would be contacted regarding the role you interviewed for and who may be contacting them. It would be useful to let them know why you are a good fit for the role and your thoughts on the interview process.
4. Be patient. The hiring process is a lengthy one and can take weeks or even months before a candidate is actually hired given the large number of candidates and resumes to be reviewed by the HR department or recruiters. Be mindful during the interview process to ask about the next step after the interview and the timeline involved before you get a call back. Avoid coming across as desperate or aggressive by calling your prospective employer repeatedly before the timeline. Respect the process and keep track of the stipulated timeline.
5. Follow up. If you do not receive a job offer within the recruiter’s timeline, then you can request feedback via email. Remember to thank them for their consideration and reiterate your interest in future opportunities that may arise. Be courteous and find out what you could have done better to improve and be prepared for other interviews. Here are some samples you may want to consider to write that follow up email.
6. Continue networking and your job search. Even while waiting for the outcome of an interview, it is important to keep an open mind and continue networking with people from the same industry, you can learn a thing or two which may come in handy in future or even secure your next interview through mutual contacts at networking events. Always stay connected, even if you managed to secure the job!
7. Don’t give up. Plan for your next interview!
Beating yourself up over a job offer does more damage to your self-esteem than you may think. Reflecting on the interview process and examining what you could have done better makes you better prepared for future interviews. Even if you are not offered the job but still interested in working in a particular organisation, consider reaching out to the HR department or recruiters periodically for other suitable roles. Keeping in touch periodically makes it easier for them to keep you in mind when new job opportunities arise.