So, your interview has happened and now you’re sitting there thinking about what to do next. Do you call them? Do you send them a chase up email? What do they think about you? All of these thoughts probably run through your head but the best thing to do is to stay calm, cool and collective. Don’t stress yourself out and be patient.
After the interview, write down some notes of the questions you were asked and anywhere you feel that you could respond better in the future if you were to be asked the same questions again. You may want to take note of these points and work on your weaknesses before your next interview so you’re extra prepared.
It may be useful to send a thank you note. A few employers have said in the past that if they don’t receive a thank you note they presume that the candidate doesn’t want the job. They presume that you’re very disorganised and that you forgot to follow up on the job and the interview and then the employer may then, at this point, forget about the candidate.
The interviewer is likely to let you know when you can expect to hear the result of the interview so it’s worth asking when that will be. It could be within a couple of days or even weeks, each job and sector is unique and has specific requirements based on their individual terms and conditions. Not all interviews will lead to an immediate job offer, the next stage in the process could be a second interview or even a selection centre. It’s important to be open-minded and not expect all job interviews to run in the same way.
If you are turned down for the job, then you may be able to give the interviewer a call to ask for some tips on how to improve your performance for next time. Ask politely and it’s likely that the interviewer will give you some constructive criticism, however, not all interviewers are willing to provide this sort of feedback. At times the feedback that the interviewer will give could be vague, basic and not very worth listening to, but it’s always a good idea to give it a chance.
An example of an email/other communication that you could send an interviewer after being turned down could be:
I would be very grateful if you could provide me with some feedback on my unsuccessful application for the role of…
I do appreciate that you must be busy and receive a large volume of emails from applicants but it would help me a lot if you could give me some detailed information on ways I could improve my applications to other organisations.
Many thanks in anticipation,
Be grateful and give yourself credit for the fact that you were selected for an interview. It is great getting to that stage, a lot of people do not even reach that far. Less than one in five people are usually interviewed so this ratio, if you are a selected applicant for an interview, highlights that you had traits that stood out above others.
Remember, remember, remember, FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT. It may be worthwhile practising an interview taking place with a friend or writing down the sort of questions that you were asked in an interview and getting your friend to challenge you on them, keep practising answering them until you’re fully confident in your answers. This will help you heaps and bounds. Take it seriously and dress well, sit how you would sit and act how you would act. Giving the situation a real-life touch will better prepare you for the same situation in the future.
Adopting to this sort of environment can be tricky, but after some time, it will be second nature. Don’t give up, keep your hopes high, carry faith at all times and don’t stop chasing until you get the job you love and rightfully deserve.
Written by Gemma Smith