As soon as you step out of the interview door, you want to know immediately – did you get the job!? A few days can feel like a lifetime and you spend your days wishing the time away, awaiting the verdict. However, by doing this you’re not fully utilising your time effectively, which in the long-term may have a negative impact on future job opportunities.
To avoid this, we have some suggestions to help you apply your focus elsewhere, to ensure you have a backup plan and your days don’t feel like years!
Thank the interviewer
A nice touch for after an interview is to send the interviewer a follow-up thank you email. It’s a great way to show them you are appreciative of the potential opportunity and are grateful for their time. Whilst this doesn’t have to be a long email, it still demonstrates attentiveness and professionalism. Just make sure you don’t go overboard and send an email reiterating everything you have already said in the interview!
Review your performance
How well did you do? Did you manage to answer all of the questions to the best of your ability? If there are parts you think you could have done better, then now’s the time to revisit this and think how you would have answered the question again, if given the opportunity. Sometimes this is the last thing you feel like doing after an interview, as you may want to forget about it until you hear the verdict. However, by assessing your performance you create the ability to improve your interview skills and techniques for potential future roles.
Positive signs to look out for
Were you introduced to potential colleagues? Were you asked questions regarding your salary expectations? These can all be considered positive outcomes from an interview that indicate it went well. However, just remember the interviewer could be asking all interview attendees the same question to gain a better understanding of which candidate they can afford and who will fit within their budget.
Watch to find out more – Signs your interview went well
Whilst waiting to hear back from an interview, keep yourself busy! Take your mind off the outcome by carrying on with the week the same way you would have before the interview. Continue with the weekly mundane tasks but also make an effort to make fun plans to really help take your mind off awaiting the final result.
Remember to wait patiently! But if you really struggle to do this you can always ask in an interview when can you expect to hear back from them. A time scale is helpful to put your mind at ease and allow you to get on with day-to-day life.
Continue with your job search
Although you had an interview, don’t depend on this and put all of your eggs in one basket. By doing this you are setting yourself up for more disappointment. Whereas if you have applied for more than one job and received multiple interview offers, it can make it easier if you are rejected from one potential role. It is also a good idea to continue with your job search until you receive a written job offer. This is to protect yourself if anything happens such as the job falling through or it isn’t what you expected.
Still, haven’t heard back? Here’s what to do…
Start off by sending a polite email asking for an update on the status of your application. If after a couple of attempts the employer is still yet to respond, it’s best to move on and continue looking for a job. Don’t take it personally because unfortunately sometimes employers find themselves too busy to respond to unsuccessful candidates. Which of course can be frustrating for the job seeker but you can’t let this compromise your job search.