Updated: May 2
After a job interview, you're usually pretty keyed up. You might be feeling great about how the interview went, or you may be second-guessing everything you said and did. Either way, you should do a few things after every job interview to ensure you're staying on top of your job search.
Get your interviewer's contact information and ask how you should follow up.
One of the most important things to do after a job interview is to get your interviewer's contact information. This way, you can follow up with them on time and ensure they have all of your contact information. You may also want to send a thank-you email or letter, and having the interviewer's email or mailing address will make it much easier for you to do so.
If a team interviewed you, get the contact information for each person on the team. This will ensure that you send individual thank-you messages to everyone who interviewed you.
Finally, keep track of the date that you interviewed. This way, you'll know how soon you should follow up with your interviewer. Usually, it's best to follow up within a week of the interview but check with the hiring manager to see their timeline.
Assess how you did
Assessing how you did in a job interview is vital for a few reasons. First, it can help you get a sense of whether or not the interviewer liked you. If you didn't do well in the interview, it's essential to figure out what went wrong to improve next time. Additionally, assessing your performance can help you decide whether or not you want the job. Even if the interview went well if you realize that the job isn't a good fit for you, it's probably not worth pursuing.
So, how can you assess your performance in a job interview? Here are a few tips:
Talk to your friends and family. After an interview, it can be helpful to talk to your friends and family about how it went. They can offer an unbiased opinion and may be able to point out things that you didn't realize.
Read over the job posting. One way to assess your performance is to read over the job posting again and compare it to your interview answers. Did you address all of the qualifications listed in the posting?
Think about your body language. Another critical thing to consider is your body language during the interview. Did you make eye contact with the interviewer? Smile? Sit up straight? Good body language can be as important as what you say in an interview.
Consider how you felt during the interview. Finally, think about how you felt during the interview. Were you nervous? Excited? If you felt good during the interview, that's a good sign.
After assessing how you did in the interview, it's time to prepare for your next one. If you think you could use some help, consider working with a career coach. They can help you improve your interviewing skills and give you feedback on your performance.
Research the company and analyze how you feel about it
After the interview, it's essential to do further research on the company. This will help you decide if you're genuinely interested in working for them. Take some time to read about their history, mission and vision, and overall culture. See if their values align with your own. Once you have a good understanding of the company, reflect on your interview experience. How did you feel during the interview? Did you connect with the interviewer? Do you feel like you would be a good fit for the company? Be honest with yourself – if the answer is no, it's probably not worth pursuing a job at that company. However, if you're still interested despite some misgivings, it might be worth considering further. Prepare a thank you email to the interviewer for their time and tell them that you're still interested in the position.
Send a thank-you email to your interviewer within 24 hours.
Prepare an outstanding and personalized email to each person at the interview. Sending an email will show your enthusiasm for working for this company and enhance your chance of getting hired. In the email, recap some of the vital information discussed in the interview. Also, you may want to clarify some of your answers that you feel you did not fully address. A generic sample email could be as follows;
Thank you for considering me for the position. After our conversation, I am even more convinced that I would be an excellent fit.
It was great to meet you and learn more about the role.
If you'd like to discuss any of my qualifications in further detail, or if you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at ____.
Thank you again for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Follow up with the interviewer within the timeline.
It's always important to follow up with the interviewer within the timeline after the interview. This will ensure that you stay on their mind, and they'll be more likely to remember you when it comes time to make a decision. It can also help to reinforce all of the great things you talked about in the interview and remind them why you'd be an excellent fit for the job.
Check-in with your references to let them know you've been interviewed.
After the interview for a job, it's always a good idea to check in with your references to let them know what happened. You may also ask them how they could further help you land the job. This shows them that you're grateful for their help, but it also gives them a chance to offer any additional insight or feedback that could be helpful as you move forward in the hiring process.
Connect with your interviewers at LinkedIn.
It would be best to consider sending a connection message on LinkedIn to the interviewers with a personal note a few days after you sent your thank you email. This will further keep you in their mind as a strong candidate, and you will increase your chances of getting the job.
Continue with your job search.
As we have mentioned before, after a job interview, it's essential to take some time to reflect on the meeting. What went well? What didn't go so well? How could you have made a better impression? This is all part of the learning process. But don't dwell on your mistakes for too long – remember, there are always other opportunities out there!
Once you've taken some time to reflect, it's important to get back there and continue your job search. Keep applying for positions that interest you, and don't be afraid to reach out to your network of contacts. With hard work and a positive attitude, you're sure to find the right job for you!