The four things you need to do after an interview

To quote baseball speak: it’s never over till it’s over. After all those hours of preparation and the stress of the job interview itself, the temptation is to leave events at the meeting room door and enjoy some well-earned relaxation time.

There’s still plenty to be done, however, especially if it helps to improve your chances of getting the job or indeed future positions. Here are some useful important steps to follow:

1. Debrief yourself
While things are still fresh, now’s the perfect time to deconstruct events and to analyse what worked well and what didn’t. Use the return journey home (or perhaps back to work) to debrief, make a note of the more challenging questions you were asked and evaluate your interview strengths and weaknesses. While perhaps the last thing you feel like doing, it’s extremely useful for honing your technique.

2. Say thank you
Now safely back in front of your home computer, a quick thank you note or email, ideally within 24 hours of the interview, is always recommended. As well as being a standard courtesy, it will help the interviewer to remember you. Even if this doesn’t translate into a concrete job offer, it could lead to a referral or recommendation further down the line.

3. Follow up
Waiting to hear back on their decision is perhaps the most agonising part of the application process. A well-considered follow-up email can help to keep you in the loop and, if nothing else, will keep you in you at the forefront of the hiring manager’s thoughts. Try sending something to pique his or her interest: an article on a topic discussed at interview, or evidence of work you’ve done on the subject.

4. Don’t stop searching
Don’t count your chickens: one promising interview does not a formal job offer make. It’s sensible to keep as many irons in the fire as possible, so make sure to keep your job search ticking over on all fronts.

While this may seem like a long to-do list, it’s important to strike while the iron’s hot and keep any positive momentum from your interview going. You can be sure that your competitors are doing the very same thing.

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Reference: CIO; Forbes; Boston
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