If you’ve had a job interview and given a good account of yourself after preparing well and applying yourself on the day, you could be forgiven for thinking that what happens next – whether you get the role or not - is out of your hands. However, you’d be mistaken! The way you behave following your meeting might mean the difference between a job offer and having to start your job search again.
While some people view an interview process as simply the time you are sat face to face with the interviewer answering and asking questions, from the interviewer’s point of views it extends far beyond this. In many cases, the employer will have other candidates to consider, so you won’t be the only person in their mind - and because of this it’s important to follow up your interview to highlight yourself as a top candidate.
Create a lasting and positive impression
Thank you email
Within the first 24 hours following your job interview, sending a follow-up email is a polite way of reiterating your interest in the role. A brief message thanking them for their time and stating your keenness to hear back about the position will reflect positively and ensures you are at front of mind when a decision is being made.
During an application process many people forget to consider the huge volume of CVs a recruiter may receive in response to a vacancy and fail to follow-up their submission. By not reaching out, you risk your CV being overlooked or not being seen at all. By getting in touch you give a voice to your application and show enthusiasm for the role, meaning you’re more likely to be invited for an interview. Similarly, after your meeting, the interviewer must make a final decision based on several potentially exceptional interviews on who is right for the job.
Reach out after your interview to instil confidence in their final choice that you would make a great fit for the role or remind them of what a great choice you would be.
If you are unsuccessful in the interview process, don’t be disheartened. Each interview should be viewed as a learning experience to grow from. With that in mind, be sure to request feedback from the interviewer on how you could improve your technique, what areas or skills you were missing and what would increase your chances of being offered a role if a similar position were to become available.
The way you handle yourself following the let-down of not being offered a job speaks volumes to you character and personal brand. If you remain professional, accept the rejection well and remain in a positive frame of mind, you’re more likely to be in a position to get the role next time you’re interviewed.
Accepting a job offer
You impressed in the interview and you were offered the job – your hard work and preparation has paid off! From here a formal offer of employment should be emailed or posted to you for review and signing. Take the time to read your contract, make sure the terms and conditions, working hours, salary and benefits are listed as you agreed or were expecting. If you have any queries get in touch with your recruiter to discuss and if there is anything you are particularly unhappy with propose an alternative or request it to be removed.
Once you are happy with everything, sign and forward the contract to your new employer, along with any other required documentation.
All there is left to do now is start preparing for your first day of work!
After an interview…
Thank the interviewer for their time via a follow up email
Ask any additional questions you have
Request constructive feedback
Read through a proposed offer and provide a timely response
Bombard them with emails to find out whether you got the job
Ask who did get the job if you aren’t offered the position
Job interviews, while they sound intimidating, are really just a chance for two people to become better acquainted with one another. Try to relax, be yourself and show your interviewer exactly why they should choose you.
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