A successful job interview is definitely important for any candidate. The focus of any job hunt is to land an interview with a prospective employer.
The job seeker does a lot of assessment before going in for a job, a lot of research is put into know the overall structure and culture of the target organisation before an application is submitted. When granting an audience via an interview, the job seeker follows a code of conduct during the interview in order not to displease his interviewers.
This also involves a well-calculated plan which involves the same research process such as finding out who the interview panel consisted of and any key questions or demonstrations that are often asked of interviewees.
However, it is not the end as the candidate should realise that the markets are highly competitive. It is a fact that most of the hiring managers would never consider a candidate who avoids follow-up which is among the tips discussed in this post.
These tips are devising as a result of evaluations as well as surveys conducted. I must confess I don’t know it all and some of the suggestions here may not be applicable in all circumstances but I stand to also learn from my readers as this is from one reader to another.
How Long Does it Take to Hear from a Job after the Interview
Some Candidates may be shy and this can prove fatal. The best way to make an astounding impression is to ask the hiring managers or the interviewers some questions that are of utmost importance. Questioning makes the managers clear about the interest of the candidate. It also fully communicates a spirit and anxiousness.
When to Follow Up After an Interview
Ideally one should make a follow up to an interview after a week. This is done so that you do not seem pushy. In some circumstances, your employers to be may give you a date to make a follow-up, but in cases where you are given no date, simply prepare to make a follow up the following week.
However, this varies depending on the need of the organisation at a particular time. Some organisations who want a quick fix would not even delay for a day but others who may require your services in the near future may delay a bit in getting back to you.
A follow-up after a job interview portrays to your prospective employers how serious you are for the job position and your overall interest in the organisation. Also, note that you must not make your follow-ups too frequent as this can be very irritating and shows a sign of desperation.
How to follow up after a Job Interview
Thank you letter/email after the interview.
About 15% of hiring managers expect this once the interview is over. It means that any candidate depicting this courtesy will definitely be considered. A simple reply on top of the interview call will suffice.
When should you send thank you email/ letter after the job interview?
Send this thank you note within 24 hours of the job interview but it is ideal to do this within 2-3 hours. Even if the candidate is not hired this action will surely help the hiring managers remembering him or her. Such candidates are rare so companies call them for future job openings.
Phone call/Text messaging
This method may not be very popular among Ghanaians and people from other cultures, but it is rather becoming popular among American’s and other westerners. A simple well-structured text message or phone call could be very persuasive and speak volumes on your behalf to your employers to be.
The use of social media to follow up on a job interview is also gaining grounds but has been frowned upon by some executives’ whiles others don’t mind.
You have to be careful with this method. The right way to go is to investigate whether it is ok to communicate this way to your employers to be. For instance, a tailored LinkedIn use is another way to get in touch. It will make sure that a candidate’s interest in the job is the gauge by the interviewer.
A personalised message, not more than 300 characters will suffice. It will not only create a personalised feel but will also connect the candidate to the organisation.
Accountemps, an accounting firm, conducted a survey to see which way was a better way to make a follow up after the interview. The statistics are interesting and could help you choose which method to use but also let conventionality guide you.
Phone Call- 81%
Handwritten Letters or Notes- 38%
Social Media- 27%
Text Messaging- 10%
Search, search and search
Most candidates quit their job search after an astounding interview. The fact of the matter is that a candidate should never quit the job search. If the job offer is not made, nothing is sure.
Funny right! Yes, but that is the truth. You have heard the saying you don’t put your eggs in one basket because they might all break and when that happens you lose a big deal.
The same applies when job searching. Don’t concentrate on only one industry or organisation since it limits your search scope.
More so, after attending a job interview, it does not mean your job search has come to an end. You may have been very impressive during the interview and you frankly feel good about your performance, your employer to be might have loved your performance and admitted it so but all this does not tell you that you have had the job.
To be on a safer side, continue with your job search till you hold your appointment in your hand. Am not saying you should not be optimistic, but simply tread carefully.
In a case of an excellent job interview, the candidate should search the websites of the competitors of the company to see if they are hiring. Job search is a phenomenon that should never end.
Analyse How You Fared
Taking a self-assessment after an interview can have its pros and cons. personally I don’t like this very much because of my temperament.
It could be discouraging and serve as a morale booster at the same time. Analysing how you fared after an interview involves looking your approaches to answering questions asked at the interview, and whether you could have done better than that.
It also involves taking a retrospective look at your strengths and weaknesses for future eventualities. Like I said, this exercise may not be for everyone depending on how you look at it.
Keep Inventories of Interview questions
Keeping this inventory ensures that you study the questions at your free time and find the best answers to them in case you missed some during the job interview. Also, these questions could also serve as a guide when you are preparing for another interview in the future. It gives you a clue as to some of the specific questions that can be asked with regards to your industry or also general questions that can be asked.
Connect with Your Referees or references
Your referees would definitely know about you attending a job interview because you probably informed them prior to the interview. If you don’t do these often, take a cue and always do that any time you are going for a job interview or any interview as such.
The point is that after an interview, your prospective employers may want to find out more about you since your resume says little about you. For this reason, the first point of contact would be your references. Hence, it is important you inform your references after you are done with the interview. They would definitely know they may be contacted, but an early warning is much favoured by all of us.
Stay Calm as you wait after the interview
There is no need getting a nervous breakdown over a job. It is very important to remain calm and wait patiently whiles waiting for the outcome of the job interview. Nervousness can lead you to act silly by taking certain actions that may go against you.
As mentioned earlier, these are not all you have to do after a job interview but basically, these are very important to ensure that you are well-positioned for any eventualities be it acceptance or rejection. However, it is best to stay optimistic and move with confidence as you go about your job search. This is your day to that dream job.