We asked Georgina Beavis, Huxley Sydney and Alexander Jenner, Computer Future Tokyo for their advice on what to do after an interview.
1.Ask for the next steps
As the interview draws to a close, you may want to ask what the next steps in the interview process are and when you would be likely to hear back. This will give you a good idea of the timescales involved and how soon you should follow up.
2.Call your recruitment consultant
If your interview was arranged by a recruitment consultant, make sure you call them as soon as you’ve finished the interview as they will want to know how well you thought the interview went and, if you feel the job is not for you, then let them know.
3.Thank you email
After a good interview, it’s crucial that you remain in the interviewer’s mind and one of the best ways to do this is a well-structured email. A suggested format is to thank the interviewer for their time, provide a succinct summary of what you particularly enjoyed, why you are still interested and highlight any key skills that may have been overlooked during the interview.
4.Connect via social media
Connecting with interviewers following an interview through networks such as LinkedIn, Xing or Viadeo is becoming increasingly popular. It may be good to wait until after the second interview to do this. It’s a good way of increasing contact with your interviewer while giving them the opportunity to refresh their memory by viewing your profile.
5.Enquire about the status of application
If you’ve been dealing directly with the employer, it’s best to wait until after the closing date for feedback before contacting them again. After the closing date, if you haven’t heard back it’s acceptable to call the company and politely enquire about the status of your application, reiterating your interest in the role. If a decision still hasn’t been made, ask when you can expect to hear and don’t chase again before this date.
6.Accepting a job offer
If your interview has been successful and you’ve been offered the job, don’t be rushed into making a decision. Remember the purpose of the interview is to ensure the company is a good fit for you so think about how the role fits with your career goals and whether you feel you can succeed in the organisation. If you decide to go ahead, carefully check the terms of the job offer before formally accepting and handing in your notice at your current company.
7.If you’re not offered the job
If you don’t get the job, ask for feedback on the reasons why and take it gracefully. You want to leave a positive impression as, you never know, you might end up applying there in the future or they may have an alternative role you may be interested in.