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What should I do following my job interview?

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There is nothing worse than having what you thought was a really positive job interview, then hear absolutely nothing back from the company for what can seem like forever.

It is a sad fact the the job market is a highly competitive place these days. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to simply sit back and wait for those job offers to come rolling in, no matter how well your interview went.

If you are really keen on working in a particular sector, or have your heart set on working for that one company you desire so much, then it will greatly help your chances of landing your dream job if you start being a little more tenacious about it.

Get the facts

Many job candidates will leave their interview with their head spinning, but will actually be leaving with nothing much in hand. They have no promises that a job offer will be made, or even if they will make it to a second interview round. They simply leave and hope to get a phone call or letter at some point with either a rejection, or some news about what to do next in their interview process.

Before you leave your interview, ask what will happen next. Ask them when you can expect a reply. If the company plans on another round of interviews and a few more weeks of deliberation, then knowing this will save you from worrying and waiting pointlessly for the phone to ring.

Following up on your job searches shows your potential employers that you are enthusiastic about the role, but try not to let yourself come across as being desperate.

Keep in contact

If you can, make a note of the names and job titles of the people who interviewed you. Following your interview, back yourself up with a letter or email. Sending a letter or email very soon after interview thanking the company for the opportunity and re-confirming your interest in the post that you applied for will help you stand out from the other candidates that didn’t bother doing this. Send your letter or email to the Human Resources department at the company and copy in the interviewer too. This way you will be at the forefront of their mind when they are doing their decision making.

During your interview, if you gave a promise to follow up any of their interview questions with further information, such as a link to your blog or website, or a copy of a certificate, then make sure you do this quickly – usually within 2 days of your interview. Doing this as early as possible while your interview is still fresh in their mind will help them complete their information and stands you in good stead as a person who sees things through promptly.

Agency an obstacle?

It may be that you were sent for an interview through a recruitment agency. In this case you may have been given very little information prior to your interview. This is why it is important to gather as much information as you can on the company. If your interviewer has a business card you could take and the company has some brochures or literature you can pick up either before your interview or as you leave, then you can start to build lines of communication directly with them.

If the company struck you as a great place to work, then even if you were unsuccessful on this occasion, it would be worth keeping in touch with them should another vacancy arise. You can be completely honest with your recruitment agency too. Explain to them that this is your method of job searching and that any key contact details they hold for that company would be useful. More than likely your agency would get a bonus payment anyway should you be offered a job with that company.

Say thank-you

Never underestimate the power of a follow up thank you letter. A sincere thank you letter or email following your interview will show your prospective new employers that you have character and integrity. It also shows your appreciation of their interest in you and it will also help to keep you at the forefront of their mind when the company sits down to discuss their ideal candidates. You need to do everything you can to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Remember that your interviewer may have sat through quite a number of interviews both before and after interviewing you. A well timed thank you letter or email could help to bring you back to the top of the list of those candidates who stood out during the whole interview process.

If you came out of your interview thinking your changes of landing the job were high, then sending a thank you letter or email within two days of your interview may make all the difference between winning that job or coming in a close second.

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