Whatever the case may be, whether the interview went great and the job is perfect for you or your stressed and keep berating yourself over the way you answered a question, the waiting game can be agonising. There is nothing worse than constantly refreshing your email and double checking your call list to see if you have got that all-important message, telling you if you got the job.
It is important to be prepared for either outcome so don’t just sit around waiting for the phone to ring. Take the initiative and take a look at the tips below to see what you can do to improve your chances of securing that second interview or a great job offer.
To reduce some of that post-interview stress make sure to politely ask your interviewer a few questions. Such as ‘when can we expect to hear back?’ or ‘is there a second interview?’. This way, if the interviewer lets you know it will take at least four weeks to make a decision, you don’t have to worry about why you didn’t hear back the very next day.
Be nice to everyone
Not only is this a great rule to live by, it can also benefit you greatly in this crucial stage. Receptionists, support staff and anyone else you might meet, can greatly influence an interviewers’ decision to hire you. If the people you could be working with already like you, then the employer is more likely to take an interest too.
Review the interview
Make notes to remember everyone’s names, details and what you talked about. It would be nice to remember who everyone is, especially if you will be showing up again for a second interview.
Ensure you write down the questions you were asked, your responses and any other key information. It would also be useful to think through the things you forgot to mention so you can be better prepared next time.
Every single interview is different, maybe you weren’t expecting some questions or maybe you feel some of your own answers did not do you justice. Take the time to think about how you can improve these ideas and expand on them in any future interviews.
It is important to show your enthusiasm and interest by following up as soon as you can.
Send a brief email to the interviewer. Remind them of who you are, thank them for their time and the opportunity to meet them. Include a brief review of your skills and attributes and reiterate why you are perfect for the role. If you feel you forgot any crucial information in interview, include it here. Not only does this keep you fresh in their mind, it can also make a great impression.
If the interviewer doesn’t reply to your email immediately, don’t feel pressured to keep messaging them. You have done what you can and it is now up to them.
If you gave the recruiter details for references, make sure you let that person know they can expect a call or email soon.
Give them a small summary of the job and what key points you would like to stress. This allows them to better prepared and to think about what great things they can say about you!
Keep up the search
Whether you feel the interview was great or dreadful, make sure to keep applying for jobs, just in case. This way, if the worst-case scenario occurs, you haven’t got all your eggs in one basket. You are already taking other actions which can help to soften the blow.
Lastly, give yourself every opportunity you can… do not be afraid to utilize any contacts you have that already work within the company to talk you up! If you have someone that can vouch for you, this can greatly reinforce your application and anything you said in interview.
Post by Maryam Tashfeen.
Maryam Tashfeen was raised in North East England and is a fourth year medical student at Medical University Pleven, as well as a former student at the University of Bradford. She has previously held work-experience roles in a number of different countries, including England, Bulgaria and Jordan. Currently, alongside her studies she works within the retail sector and volunteers for a number of great charities. Through a combination of her personal journey as a student and her experience in the working world, she can provide you with great insight into all things relating to student life, jobs and careers.