What to do after a job interview

09.16.2013


What to do after a job interview
What to do after a job interview

You've successfully made it through a job interview. Your demeanor was excellent, you were well-prepared for the questions asked of you and you seemed to have left a great impression on your potential boss, though you're unsure of your overall chances for the role. Before you think your efforts to find a job are over, however, it's very important to follow certain steps afterward no matter the outcome.

First, write down as much as you can as soon as you can, according to Forbes. As some people forget nearly three-quarters of what they learn within two days of hearing the information, making sure you can remember as much as possible about the interview is vital. This includes any documents you gave your interviewer, any issues that may have arisen during the interview itself, questions you think you could have answered better and any additional information you need for a completed application, if necessary.

If you were to forget an important part of the process, your interviewer may not look as kindly upon your chances, making these notes a prominent part of the overall hiring process. Additionally, following up with your interviewer is never a bad idea - it'll make you appear more thorough while giving you a better chance of being remembered in the future by your interviewer, who might have to sift through dozens of interviewees.

Practice, practice, practice
In reviewing how the interview went, if any part of your conduct or behavior leapt out at you as a detriment to your hopes, focus on improving that specific aspect before your next shot. Some people find that drinking coffee makes them too nervous, for instance, while others can focus on improving their posture, body language or their questions asked at the end of the process. No matter what, there's something you can improve upon when preparing for your next opportunity.

Should you receive additional contact information with your interviewer or hiring manager, it's a great idea to take advantage, according to PBS NewsHour. Managers want to see candidates who will go above and beyond instead of remaining content with their current efforts, which means reaching out, for instance with relevant and meaningful questions about industry practices, can add to your overall presentation of yourself. Even if the manager determines you're not the best fit for a specific position, forming a connection can pay off down the line - not only will you be in mind the next time a job opens up, but if they're made aware of any additional industry opportunities from friends, it's likely they'll be in contact.

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