Post Interview Success Guide
The post-interview stage of a job search gives you the opportunity to demonstrate both your professionalism and enthusiasm as well as preparing yourself for more success in following interviews.
Write a Thank you
Express your appreciation to the company for taking the time to meet with you to discuss the job opportunity by writing a short letter, best sent within two working days following the interview.
The letter gives you the opportunity to:
- Reemphasize your interest in the company and position, if you are not interested in the position after the interview, professional courtesy requires informing the interviewer.
- Remind the employer about your qualifications for the position.
- Bring up any other pertinent information you may have not had the time to shared share during the interview.
- Show that you have the professional bearing and the ability to write concisely and to the point.
- Follow up with any other information requested by the potential employer.
A signed, printed and posted version of the letter is most recommended. However, if the primary contact with the potential employer was electronic, send an e-mail with the letter as an attachment. It still may be helpful to send the original letter via the post as well.
I haven’t heard from the employer, now what?
The interview is over, you thought it went well and, of course, you are eager to know if you will get the job or not. Show that you paid attention to the conversation by carefully following the organization's follow-up procedures, usually shared at the end of the interview.
Before you leave the interview, you should know:
- Who will contact you, the same person or another at the company, on some occasions they may request that you contact them.
- How they will contact you, (letter, phone, e-mail).
- When, and if, they will contact you.
The company policy may be only to contact people that they are interested in hiring. If they haven’t contacted you in the specified timeframe, it should be considered as their lack of interest in you for the position. Following up, besides the initial thank you letter, is not advised.
If a week has passed from the date the interviewer told you that they would contact you, call or e-mail to and politely inquire regarding your recruitment status. This shows that you are still interested in the position and may motivate a prompt response. Be sure to mention the name of the person who conducted the interview, the positions as well as the date and time the interview took place.
I don’t make it past interviews, what can I do?
First and foremost is not to be discouraged! Every interview is a learning process and practice makes perfect. Many times a candidate is not hired due to circumstances beyond their direct control, so let’s concentrate on what you can do to successfully get past the interview phase of your job search.
Thoroughly compare the job requirements with your actual experience and qualifications.
At times, eagerness to secure a job makes a prospect to overstate their qualifications on their resume, resulting in interviews that are frustrating for both the employer and the job seeker. If you formally met the requirements, yet didn’t get past the interview stage, take a few minutes to calmly appraise the questions and your responses during the meeting.
Ask yourself the following:
Was I prepared for the interview, did I show interest and knowledge about the company?
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Did I display professional behavior during the interview?
First impressions are decisive in a winning interview. Being on time, well prepared and pleasant reinforces the strong parts of your resume. Your attire should reflect the company’s corporate culture. Think about your handshake, eye contact and interview body language, they should express confidence, even under the stressful interview environment.
Did I stress my strong points while being honest about potential weaknesses?
Interviewers have heard it all and appreciate a candidate that is straightforward. Being prepared on how to answer the tough questions goes a long way in establishing credibility as a person that the company would like to work with.have on board. For example, if the position requires competence in a foreign language and you only possess conversational abilities, address this weakness by expressing your willingness to seek additional language training on your own time.
Did you follow up after the interview?
Writing a thank you letter is more than professional courtesy, it gives you another opportunity to stress once again your interest in joining the company and stressing accent the unique qualifications you will bring to the team if selected.
Companies are obviously impressed by the qualification expressed on your resume, ; otherwise, you wouldn’t get the interview in the first place. Concentration, focus and effort will get you past the interview roadblock, getting you back on your desired career path.
Congratulations, you’re getting a job offer! Tips for a great start
Usually the future employer will contact you to arrange a date and time for a follow up interview with the goal of presenting a concrete job offer. Be prepared to discuss in detail the job description and responsibilities, as well as the compensation package.
During this second interview, the employer will expect you provide them with solid assurances that you can competently perform the proposed job tasks and that you fully accept the mutually agreed upon terms and conditions of employment.
This is the time for both parties to frankly discuss and fully agree on, what each side is committing to, including:
- The length of probationary period.
- Working hours, days and time.
- Type of work contract.
- Opportunities for development and advancement.
- How the company will measure your job performance.
- Compensation package, including bonus and other programs.
Our career consultants recommend being flexible at this meeting, yet be clear about your specific requirements. Explore negotiations, for example, while you may only consider a permanent work contract, it is common practice to offer new hires only temporary contracts with the promise of permanent employment after a period of proven performance. Getting a solid commitment from the employer upfront on the time frame and job performance required to secure the revised contract will save both stress and eventual disappointment in the future.