What you should do after the interview

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 by The MSS teamNo comments


You’ve had your interview. Time to breathe a sigh of relief and wait for the decision, right? Not quite. It’s often mistaken as the last step in the job application process, but there are a few things you can do after the interview to help secure your chance of getting that job offer.

Ask about next steps

Before you even leave the room, try and get a sense of the next steps in the decision process and the expected timeframe. If you know you’re unlikely to hear something for a few days, you’ll save yourself the stress of waiting for the phone to ring.  

Make some notes

As soon as possible, write down everything you were asked. It can be helpful to reflect on where you performed well and where you could have provided better answers or examples. Not only will this highlight points for your follow up email (see below), it’ll help you improve your preparation for future interviews as well.

Decide if you want the job

You’ll have given some thought to this when you applied for the job of course. But the interview process should be as much an interview for the company as it is for you. If you decide the role’s not for you, let your contact know and wish them well in finding a candidate. This will save them time and money and ensure you don’t leave a negative impression. If you’re not sure yet, wait it out to see if an offer is made; you can always address any unanswered questions then.

Send a follow up

If the interview confirms that this is the ideal position for you, send an email, ideally within a day, to thank the interviewers for the opportunity and reinforce your interest in the role. According to a recent study, 57% of candidates don’t send a follow up, but it can be a very effective way to stay in the forefront of your interviewers’ minds. If you’re going through a recruitment agency be sure to approach them and thank them for setting the interview up before requesting to contact the interviewers directly.  A follow up email is also a great opportunity to send on further information, such as a link to previous work or an answer to a question you only half-answered. Only email once and succinctly though; you don’t want to come across as a nuisance.

Contact your referees

If you think it’s likely you’ll be offered the job, give your referees a heads-up now. By letting them know why you want the job and why you’d be good at it, you’ll help them understand the key points to emphasise in their referral. And they’ll be able to respond more quickly when the request arrives. 

Ask for feedback

If you don’t get the job, the interview will still have been a useful experience, more so if you’re able to obtain feedback on your performance. If you’re going through a recruitment agency, they’ll request feedback on your behalf. Either way, take advantage of any offer of a post-interview brief; you might not like everything you hear, but it will definitely be helpful. If nothing else, it’ll stop you from analysing your own theories as to why you were unsuccessful.

At MSS People, we help candidates navigate their way through the post interview process to maximise their chances of success. To find out how we can help you, please get in touch.

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