Interviews can be stressful experiences for even the most confident of candidates. There is a considerable amount of preparation to be done, facts to remember and sometimes performance anxiety to overcome, so the temptation once it’s over to completely forget about the whole thing is commonplace.
However, the post-interview period, from the end of the final question and over the next 48 hours, is very important and definitely not the time to take your mind off things in the pub. A few, small steps you can take post-interview can help you in future interviews or may even clinch the job in question.
Here are our top 5 tips on post-interview etiquette and procedure:
1. Ask how to follow up
Don’t run out of the door as soon as the interviewer has asked the last question. This is your interview for a job you want, so there’s a last window here to show how important it is to you. Ask with whom you can follow up, when and how, as well as when any decisions are likely to be made. It’s not pushy; it’s proactive.
2. Review the interview
Before you forget it all, make some notes. Go back through the interview, trying to remember your answers and the reaction they got. If there was anything you couldn’t answer or that you said you would clarify, then remember to go back to them with that information. If there was anything that in hindsight was a weak answer, prep a better one for future interviews and internalise it.
3. Make notes
After you have evaluated your own interview technique and responses, make some notes about the role, the company and the people you met. After three interviews at different businesses, you’d be surprised how easy it is to get elements of them all mixed up. Nothing is too small a detail here – consider the offices if you visited them and the corporate culture if you experienced any, as well as the finer points about the role in question. The process may also raise questions that you didn’t ask or that you can put to your recruitment consultant.
4. Ask your recruiter to get feedback
A good recruiter will have a relationship on both sides of the interview and should contact the client on behalf of the candidate to get some immediate feedback. No one is looking for an early decision to be made, but if you’re interviewing around town, any feedback could give you a competitive edge for the next appointment. And as with No.2 above, it confirms that you’re keen.
5. Send a LinkedIn connection request with a message
Thanking someone for his or her time after an interview over email is common courtesy, but a LinkedIn connection request and brief message takes it one step further. This doesn’t need to be done immediately, it can be the next day, but it does no harm at all and gives you a last chance to confirm your interest in the role. You’re also linked with them for the future should another opportunity arise.