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The Dos And Don’ts For After An Interview

You have just walked out of the interview room and whether you’re feeling positively happy or slightly nervous – it’s over and you’ve done all you could. How you utilise this time between interview and hearing back can set you apart from other candidates.

DOs

DO follow-up with a thank you email – this is always a nice touch. It shows the potential employer that you’re thinking of them and that you appreciate their time. This can also be an opportunity to really show yourself off one more time. A quick mention of what you can bring to the role – will go down nicely too! Just make sure the email is brief and straight to the point! It’s not another chance to regurgitate everything you already said in your interview.

DO wait patiently, otherwise, you’ll drive yourself crazy! Being patient is essential when waiting the hear the outcome of an interview. There’s nothing you can do now but wait so avoid harassing employees and the hiring manager by seeking constant updates on where your application stands. 

DO look back on your interview and assess your performance! Figure out what questions you think you answered well and which ones you struggled with. This will help you in your future career as you can treat the interview as a learning curve and not just a process to ‘get the job.’

DO show an interest. Connect on LinkedIn with the hiring manager and any other employees you met during your interview. Doing this after the interview is a friendly gesture and demonstrates to the potential employer you genuinely got on with them and look forward to working with them in the future.

DO continue with your job search. Just because you’ve had an interview doesn’t mean you’ve got the job! It may be the last thing you feel like doing however it will motivate you to carry on looking until you get a written offer.

DON’TS

DON’T go OTT. Sending flowers, chocolates or any other over the top gifts can look a bit much. Save these gifts for Valentine’s day and not for just after an interview! However, it has been known for job seekers to send boxes of tea to a company with an attached CV, which we think is a fun way to stand out from other job seekers.  

DON’T put pressure on the hiring manager. Asking them for daily updates regarding the status of your application can put your job chances at risk.  Avoid lots of emails and phone calls to the manager because it can be slightly off-putting. 

DON’T respond negatively to the company. Even if you think the interview didn’t go well and you start to think along the lines of ‘I don’t even want the job anyway.’ This can cause you to criticise the company, which if you do get offered the job you don’t want this to come back and hit you in the face later on!

DON’T put all your eggs in one basket and get your hopes up. Because if you are unsuccessful it will only lead to extreme disappointment. Avoid this by applying for more than one job at a time and continue attending interviews until you receive a job offer.

DON’T send a generic thank you reply. What you don’t want to do, if you’ve had multiple interviews is to send the same generic thank you email to every employer. It will look impersonal which ultimately beats the point of sending the email in the first place.

Read our 6 interview dos and don’ts here.

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