As highlighted in our previous article ‘How to Get Ready for the Interview’, preparing for an interview involves practising your greetings, preparing your outfit, bracing yourself for questions, and reviewing your own resume and work experience. After all those preparations and once you finally get through the interview, you might be wondering what comes next. To put your best foot forward and stay memorable, there are a number of things you should do after a job interview – especially if you think you performed well enough for a second interview.
Send a thank-you note
A lot of things go into consideration when it comes to choosing talent, and the simple act of thanking your interview can make a great impact. When sending a thank you note, Forbes suggests making it as personalised as possible. A well-written thank you note will not only show your interviewer how sincerely grateful you are but at the same time, help them remember you. Include some takeaways from your interview and try to highlight your strengths without sounding boastful. You can also mention some of the things you are excited to work on and how you feel about the company altogether.
List down what you didn’t get to say or ask
It is always a good idea to do a self-assessment of your performance after your interview, especially if the application process includes multiple interview stages. If you think that you did well and are qualified for the job, this will come in handy for a possible second interview. Comeet suggests that this second interview is your chance to demonstrate your personality, soft skills and problem-solving abilities that you will be able to bring to the company. When doing a self-assessment, remember to list down all the important points and questions, as well as your answers to them. Take the time to reflect on every item on the list and think about how you can utilise them to nail the second round of interviews.
Think of the sphere you’re applying to. Make a proper research and check out what the most frequent questions are in the interview. If it’s one of your first job interviews as a whole, you might want to research more general questions such as ‘what are your 3 biggest weaknesses’ or ‘where do you see yourself in 2 and 5 years’ and etc. I know, they are still asking those… – how to get ready for the interview.
Give your references a heads up
One of the most essential things when it comes to looking for a job is having suitable references that will back you up. These are people you’ve worked with before who can testify that you’re who and what you say you are, and you want to make sure they’re on board with their role. So, as soon as you finish an interview, give your references a heads up. Briefly tell them how the interview went and don’t forget to mention points that you might want them to stress in their recommendation. Should one of your references have a contact within your prospective company, The Balance claims asking them if they’re willing to make an unsolicited endorsement. More often than not, people are more than happy to help – just don’t forget to show appreciation for their endorsement afterwards.
Decisions about candidates are often made quickly, which is why it is important to send your follow-up email immediately. A follow-up email will help your interviewers remember you and help you make a good impression. In making a follow-up email, Fast Company writes that you should include any additional information that you think you weren’t able to fully address during the interview. It’s also nice to include an assertion that you believe the position is a good fit for you and how it meshes well with your interests and skills.