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5 Things to do After the Interview

5 Things to do After the Interview

Interview Over? There’s No Such Thing! Upon completing a nerve wracking interview for that dream job in Digital Design Jobs London, many applicants feel a huge weight lifted from their shoulders; they calm down, they relax and they stop sweating for the first time since the interview was arranged. However, what many hopefuls fail to realise is that the meeting, whether that be via telephone, video chat or face to face, is merely the beginning of the interview process.

How you as an applicant conducts yourself following the initial question and answer routine is almost as important as the interview itself. While first impressions are vital, they are not the be all and end all of decision making. Here are five ways a job seeker can continue to make a great impression on prospective employers even after the boardroom doors have closed.

1. Show Interest

Every hopeful who applies for a position should have a genuine interest in both the company and the role, so conveying this interest should not be too much of a stretch for the imagination.

Employers love to see that those they have shortlisted have a love for what they do, or what they hope to do. It confirms that they were right to select you. Don not leave the meeting without asking at least one question that makes the interviewer think, or without having a concrete idea of what is next. Will there be a second interview? When do they anticipate they will make a decision? When can you expect to hear from them? If the company uses social media, consider subscribing to their feeds and updates.

2. Follow Up With HR

Some people view this as neediness or “sucking up”, but dropping a quick line to the HR department need not be anything more than a confirmation of the next steps. If you have asked the vital questions at the end of your interview, you may wish to email (or write) to the employee who arranged your interview to confirm the interviewer has responses.

For example, send a short note that says you have been informed that the panel hope to come to a decision by Tuesday, and that you will be in touch in due course to see if there have been any developments. Of course, adding a thank you for their time and a line about how you are keen to work with them would not go amiss. Try not to contact your interviewer directly unless you have dealt with them exclusively.

3. Use Your Initiative

Throughout your interview you may have discussed some projects or coursework you have completed in the past, or solutions you have come up with for problems. You may also have chatted about existing issues within the company, or a project the teams are currently working on.

If you have any ideas at all that could benefit the company, make them known! Perhaps draw up a small plan or utilise other methods to get your thoughts down, and send them to your prospective employer with a note about how these ideas relate to discussions you had during your interview. It can be a great way to not only show what you are capable of, but also to demonstrate what you can contribute to the company if you were hired.

4. Initiate Contact

If your interviewer confirmed they should be informing applicants of the outcome on Tuesday, then there is absolutely no harm in giving the company a call on Tuesday afternoon to see what the current situation is.

While this shows you are still very keen on the role, it is important not to turn this into a form of harassment. If no decision has been made, keep your cool. Quite often, HR staff will get just as frustrated as you do when it comes to getting the board to make a decision; with busy schedules and differing opinions it can be like getting blood from a stone. Be polite and keep HR on your side. Confirm that you will call back in two days if you are not given a definitive answer.

5. Maintain a Good Relationship

If you are not chosen as the successful applicant on this occasion, do not cut off all ties with the company. In fact, make yourself a big presence. Get involved with any online discussions through social media, any workshops or events the company holds, or even suggest to your interviewer that you meet outside of the office to discuss feedback, thus creating a more social meeting.

Keeping in touch and showing how you can fit in can be very useful in opening doors and finding out about further opportunities within the company. Showing a maturity even after a rejection can have a very positive effect with employers.

Drs. Christiaan Janssens MBA
Executive Coach CJ Coaching
CRO Akwa Wellness

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