What to do after the interview

by Heat Recruitment

Whether it went well or not, it’s tempting to think your work is done once you’ve had your interview. But it’s not over until the interviewers have made their decision.

The good news is, the steps you take immediately after the Q&A is complete can swing the balance in your favour.

Turn the tables

The interview process should be as much about you finding out if the job is right for you as it is the interviewers finding out if you’re right for the job. And the more you know, the easier it will be to decide. Prepare some questions in relation to the role’s responsibilities or the company’s priorities – this will also demonstrate you’ve done your research. You can use this time to share additional expertise or skills that you weren’t able to get across during the main part of the interview.

Understand the process

If the interviewers don’t openly outline the next steps, ask when they’re likely to be making their decision. Their response will usually give you a sense of whether there are any outstanding interviews they’ve got to complete and when they’re planning to be in touch. Being aware of the timeline can save you the stress of trying to anticipate when you’ll hear back.

Keep a record

It can be hard to recall the details of what was asked or said during an interview, so it’s always a good idea to write your thoughts down while they’re fresh in your head. This will ensure you remember important details about the job in the event you’re offered it, as well as giving you some learning points for any future interviews or areas of development.

Decide for yourself

Rather than waiting for the interviewers to make you an offer, decide for yourself. Is this the right job for you? What would be the pros and cons of taking on the role? What salary and benefits would be right for you? Perhaps this isn’t the right role for you, in which case you can make the decision easier for the interviewers by withdrawing yourself – this can help keep your reputation in-tact.

If you’re unsettled on whether you want the role, hearing whether you’ve been successful can be a good litmus test. But even if there’s no consideration to be had, reflecting on these issues will prepare you for negotiating an attractive offer.

Thank the interviewers

It’s a good idea to send a follow up within 24 hours to thank your recruiters or the interviewers for the opportunity and reiterate your interest in the role (if relevant). A surprisingly 57% of candidates don’t do this, yet it’s greatly appreciated and is a good way to make yourself stand out.

A follow up can also be a great way to restate the reasons why you’re ideal for the role or address any unanswered questions. But keep it brief and don’t keep chasing them.

Give a heads up

If you suspect you’re in with a good chance, it’s worth letting your referees know who they might be hearing from and why. If you give them a bit of background on the role and why you’ve requested their endorsement, they’ll be able to make their reference more relevant to the role – and thanks to your courteousness they’ll probably be more inclined to make it a good one!

Find out why

Whether you get offered the job or not, there are always useful lessons to be learned from the reasons why. Feedback isn’t always easy to come by after an interview; 83% of candidates do not receive any feedback beyond a rejection after attending a job interview. However, if you’re going through a recruitment agency they’ll usually be able to obtain it on your behalf. Some interviewers will offer a feedback call – if you’re given this opportunity, grab it with both hands. It may be challenging listening but it’ll be worth it.

At Heat we can help prepare you for the interview process and offer guidance at each stage. To find out about our recruitment services, get in touch

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