After Interview

3 Things To Do After An Interview

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If you’ve been lucky enough to land an interview and survived it, you know what I’m going to talk about: the waiting game. We’ve all had to endure this at some point in our job seeking careers. We stare at our computer screens all day with our e-mail Inboxes open, we check our phones every five minutes (sometimes even less than that), we even check our regular mail boxes – you know, just in case.

Regardless of what we do while we wait for that acceptance or rejection, doing any of the aforementioned will only stress you out.

What To Do After An Interview

It’s important to remember no matter what the outcome of your employer’s response, your skills are valuable and you have plenty to offer. Spending your time doing the things that reaffirm your many talents should be your focus when waiting the hear back from a potential employer. Here are the best things to do after an interview:

1. Keep Looking

Just because you’ve had the interview, you know you’ve done well, and now you’re waiting to hear back from your interviewer, doesn’t mean you should stop looking for work. We are not out of recession just yet.

Looking for work is also a good way to note some additional things employers include in their job descriptions, which could be beneficial when writing your cover letters and preparing for future interviews in your job industry. Do you meet those demands? Do you acquire the skills the company is looking for? Great, now go back and revamp that cover letter!

2. Network

According to recruiting information website, ERE.net, “referrals accounted for 28 percent of the external hires last year.” Knowing people in your industry can only benefit you as a job seeker, and even as an employed individual.

Look for job fairs in your area and try networking with people in your industry there, use social media to build an online presence with potential employers, follow-up with some of the networking contacts you already have to strengthen your relationship with them. Whatever your networking tactics are, keep building and enhancing those contacts to further establish yourself as a professional.

3. Work On Personal Projects

You can’t fortify your skills if you don’t use them, plain and simple. So, while you’re waiting for X employer to get back to you, why not work on something you love? If you’re a writer, start working on that book you’ve always wanted to publish. If you’re an educator, find some schools you can volunteer at and tutor the young minds of our country.

If you’re a painter, whip out those brushes and bring that blank canvas to life. Whatever your passion is take some personal time to develop it and make it your own. It’s better than stressing out about whether you got the job or not, right?

The next time you find yourself agonizing over an employer’s response, try not to think about the outcome and start focusing on how you can be a master of your skills.


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Belen Chacon

Belen is a journalism graduate student at California State University, Northridge. She spends her time interning wherever she can and tweeting her heart out. You can follow her @journobelen.

15 comments

  1. Good post – I agree with all the points raised and perhaps another point with a slightly difference viewpoint. As an experienced business person you always strive to enable yourself to have as many options to choose from and avoid the position of being forced to accept something unfavourable and at worst costly. By keeping your pipeline full your prospective employers (both internal and external) and even your peers will pick up on this and view you more favourably

  2. The waiting game sucks. You make some valid points; although, I agree with the poster above as I would suggest following up as an addition to your list. Send a thank you letter either through email or hand written.

  3. Good post. Sometime, waiting is…the most dificult “job,” when you are without a job.

    Filling that time in a usefull and menaingfull way is very important if you still want to be effective and efficent in everything you do.

  4. This is all great advice. Sure you might have nailed your job interview, whether it was in person or even through online video. But this doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up your job seeker hat and prepare yourself to humbly accept a job offer. Use the time after your interview to keep looking and keep networking. After all, your job search isn’t over until you’re putting up pictures in your new office!

    • Thanks for reading, Josh! I also think these are good ways to keep you in a positive mindset, you know, in case you don’t get the job. Sometimes reminding yourself of your talents can really help the job searching process.

  5. I would like to add follow up. After an interview, I send an e-mail (If the email address is available) to thank the interviewer for their time. I also do follow up by phone. In one case I was working with a recruiter and went through him with follow up. I also did a pre interview phone meeting with the recruiter. I have only had 2 different company interviews, one in person and one company with 2 different interviewing people. There is a fine line between excellant follow up and being a pain in the neck. Timing is also important. I didn’t call or email first thing Monday morning, I allowed time for them to get in and get settled. I also didn’t call or email last thing Friday afternoon, I didn’t think anyone would want to address a potential new hire last thing Friday afternoon. I did communicate every 2 days, to keep myself fresh in their minds without being a pain.

    • Following up is a tricky issue which I think is often misunderstood and unfairly perceived by the interviewer. Especially, if they know you are currently out of work (not someone looking to make a job change), collecting unemployment or it may have run out and you now relying on savings, then how can they perceive you as being a so called pain in the neck if you follow up frequently? If they give you an answer after you have already thanked them for their time to meet with you then you don’t follow up any more. A simple response as in no we have selected another candidate, or we will let you know by such and such a date would suffice. Bottom line is they have a job and you don’t yet. Obviously, you have to continue your job search and networking as is wisely advised in this article but for them to leave you hanging, ignore your follow ups, not tell you anything, and perceive you as “being a pain” is simply unprofessional. Unfortunately, I have come across many interviewers who are like this.

      • Good post! The worst frustrating thing
        Causing distrust is when one meets others at networking events and then there seems to be good rapport and contact info is exchanged, but unfortunately afterwards when you go out of your way to connect with that person or try to help they never respond back even after 3 attempts on your part spread out! Equally frustrating is when someone encourages you to send their resume regarding a job lead but once you do and follow up they never reply via email or phone. Have you ever encountered these dilemmas and if so what do you advise? Wish there was a nice formula to determine which people or organizations will reciprocate after we give our time? Thanks!

  6. OK article but nothing in here suggests how to make the interview results more favorable. I guess i was expecting to see more “write thank you notes”. “follow up in 5 days etc.”

    • Thanks for reading, C. Sorry if the article was misleading. It was meant to provide advice to those who have a hard time waiting for an answer from a recruiter post interview.

      • Sound advice for any career opportunity, 33 & 1/3 per cent, always room for improvement, keep trying everyone deserves a chance…

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