An Interview Is Not The Final Phase Of A Job Application

Once a resume and the relevant correspondence have been submitted for that longed-for job and you have survived the interview process, it is not the time to just sit back and wait for a response from the manager or interviewer as to whether or not you have been successful in filling the role. There is still more work to do. Allowing for an appropriate amount of time to lapse, you need to do a follow-up so that you can plan the next stage of your job search.

Once you have completed an interview, it’s a good idea to pause for a moment and carry out an analysis of your performance by asking yourself several questions. 

  • Did you feel it was successful?
  • Did you fare better in some sections than others?
  • Was there enough emphasis on your strengths and were you able to allay any concerns mentioned by the interviewer?
  • Do you have any questions that remain unanswered?

An interview can act as a useful tool for research and development in your career. You can progressively learn more with each interview that includes improving your interview skills and feeling more relaxed during the process. By studying interview techniques and rehearsing with a friend or colleague, these activities can act as a learning curve for your future career. Keep a record of what you feel could be improved upon and bear it in mind for your next interview.

With regard to the important follow-up procedure, the majority of interviewees will use email to say thank you to an interviewer. This is perfectly acceptable but if you want to make yourself more conspicuous and create a better impression, send a letter that has been typed in the same style and on the same paper as your resume. If you were interviewed by more than one individual, send a similar thank you letter to each person. Your letter should be well-worded and succinct, stressing once again your enthusiasm about the position and the specific business, as well as expressing your gratitude for the opportunity to have a fruitful discussion. 

If you were told to expect a call or response within a specific time frame and this has not been forthcoming, make a call to the interviewer and politely enquire how the hiring process is proceeding. If your application has been rejected, you can tactfully ask whether there is some aspect of your experience that can be improved. While waiting to hear about a position, there are some additional things you can do.

Find your interviewer on LinkedIn and send a personal invitation to connect. It is important to never send out a general request. Include the email address of the interviewer in your email contacts to prevent any messages ending up in your spam folder in error. Check your spam folder regularly in case some have slipped through. Also add the interviewer’s phone number to your phone list so that you can recognize the call, should they wish to make contact. Prepare for a possible second interview by conducting more research on a potential employer. However, there is one activity that is not recommended. Never send a “friend” request to an interviewer on Facebook. Always remain professional in your endeavors to clinch that dream job.   

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