Interviewing for a new job can be a very difficult experience. In fact, you may be more than happy to stop thinking about it completely once the interview is over. This, however, would be a mistake. There are a few things you should do after an interview that could actually help you get the job.
Here are five tips.
Record some notes
As soon as you leave the meeting, write down everything you remember. No, this is not a creative writing exercise. If anything, it’s a recognition that humans are imperfect and strange; your feelings about how things have changed can change from day to day (and hour to hour). More importantly, you may not remember all the details, and the details can be very helpful, especially when you want to write a detailed and thoughtful follow up email.
Then, after you leave the interview, write down the names of the people you met, their job titles, what you talked about, and anything else that seemed significant. Also, please note any questions you still have.
Send a brief but thoughtful follow up email
Follow-up after an interview is important and now you have your notes, you have some material to work with. So, take a few minutes to send a quick email to the people you spent a lot of time with during the interview (one whole group email should do the trick). You can do this within hours of your meeting and you should definitely try to reach it by the end of the next day. If you don’t already have email addresses, do some quick homework online. You will almost certainly be able to find this information relatively quickly.
Be friendly and use the notes you’ve taken to say something that separates you from the group (want to link to something you’ve discussed? Share something from your portfolio that is relevant ?). Remember, the ultimate goal is to keep your name and visit everyone’s mind. It may also be a good time to ask follow-up questions about the role or duties. However, you don’t want to take up much of their time with this email, so make sure you keep it short.
Whether you get this job or not, you should be able to learn something from this interview. The best way to do this is to make sure you take the time to reflect on the interview. How do you rate your performance? Was there anything you feel you can improve on? Discuss it with someone you trust. Or write a little bit about what went well and what could have been better. The aim here is not to make you feel bad; is to identify weaknesses in your interview and communication skills so that you can do better next time. Was there a question that made you trip? Did you have a hard time describing your experience? Do some research on common interview questions and practice, practice, practice!
This process will also help you find out if the business situation is really right for you. Now is the time to be honest with yourself.
Send a thank you note
According to a CareerBuilder survey quoted by Fast Company, 56% of employers said that receiving a thank-you note did not indicate that a candidate was serious about the job. And 22% of employers said they would be less likely to employ someone who doesn’t send a note after an interview.
“The best time to send a thank-you email is within 24 hours of the interview,” Whitney Purcell, associate director of career development at Susquehanna University, told Business Insider. “It should be sent during business hours – no emails at 3am that make your schedule appear just outside business hours.”
Again, you want to take the opportunity to stand out from the pack. Use the notes you took immediately after the interview to write personal thank you notes to the people you met during your visit. Make sure you mention some of the things you talked about that day. Be interested and interested. And make sure you don’t make any grammatical mistakes in these cards. This last step is crucial. After all this time and effort, you don’t want to lose your job because you spelled something wrong.
If you can, ask for feedback
There can be many benefits to this process, even if you don’t get the job. Sometimes, when you are turned down for a job, you are notified by phone or email. If this happens to you, take the opportunity. Thank them for taking the time to contact you, then ask for more information about why you were not hired. Tell them you would like to learn from this process and any feedback would be much appreciated. Not only will you reaffirm your professionalism, but you will likely learn something that will help you next time.