Now we discuses about things to do after a job interview. After the interview is over, the result may either be declared at the same time or it may be reveled after a few days. If the result is not declared on the same day, you may be told that the concerned person will get back to you to let you know. Whether you have successfully cleared the interview. In such a scenario, you need to maintain contact with the company and show interest for a job you have been interviewed for. This process of maintaining contact is known as ‘follow-up’.
During the process of follow-up’ you need to consider the following guidelines:
Enquire about the decision:
Towards the end of the interview, enquire about the time the company might reach a hiring decision. The answer to this question is a good indication of the interviewer’s decision about hiring the interviewee. If the response is positive, the interviewee can wait for the final response from the company, and stop the search for a job. If the response is negative, the interviewee should start planning for other interviews and continue with the search for a job.
Make a call:
You should make sure that you call around the time indicated by the interviewer for the announcement of the final recruitment decision.
You should call and inform references that they may receive a call from the potential employers. In addition, you should give sufficient knowledge about yourself such as latest contact numbers and address to your references. This will help the references answer questions if any of the prospective employers call.
Maintain a positive attitude:
The hiring process often takes longer than even the employer estimates. Interviewees should remain positive and you should not be disheartened because of the long wait. You should spend this time constructively by applying elsewhere and by researching about the prospective company in greater detail.
Do not annoy the employer:
Nothing annoys an employer more than repeated phone calls to enquire about the final decision of recruitments. Though it is good to show interest and enthusiasm by following up after the interview, interviewees should not go overboard by calling the company again and again. This may spoil the impression of the interviewee and result in the interviewee losing the job. In addition, this kind of behavior may give the impression that this job is the only opportunity that the interviewee has.
Continue to explore other opportunities:
Looking for the right job, may sometimes take longer than expected. Therefore, you should not keep waiting for a specific company to announce their decision. You should continue the job search.
Do not end on a bad note:
Interviewees should not leave an interview on a sour note, and spoil relations if they do not get that job. Such an action may ruin their future chances of ever getting a job with the same company again. Besides, most industries are known for their intensive networking. It will not be too long before news of any such unprofessional conduct on the part of the interviewees spreads to other companies.
When you get an offer for a job
It is always advisable to give yourself some time to evaluate the company, your salary, and see how the job fits into your career plan. Before accepting an offer, you should ensure that it meets your expectations. In addition, you should ensure that you know enough about the company, its policies, and the job profile being offered. You should ask yourself if you expect another offer soon. Make a realistic assumption before deciding to reject a prospective offer.
It is very natural to feel low and disappointed if you do not get a job after an interview. You must remember that it is not just the interview alone that determines the hiring decision. Sometimes a company’s policy or hiring plans may change.
Positive thinking is one of the ways of handling disappointment. If you are stressed or tense after an unsuccessful interview, use some good stress handling techniques:
Avoid acting impulsively:
In a crisis situation, do not fight the problem until you are prepared to do something about it. Interviewees should try to take sensible and carefully thought out steps instead of rushing into impulsive actions. They should set small targets and prioritize them carefully instead of taking on too much at one time.
Try to relax:
Interviewees should make time for fun and relaxation. They may listen to soothing music to relax them. Good humor also helps in changing the tense mood. In addition, exercise can also prove to be extremely beneficial in eradicating stress.
Interviewees should use positive statements such as can still improve’. They should seek advice from friends, relatives, or professionals. This will help them boost their confidence as well.