The interview is over, and you’ve walked out (or hung up) with a sense of relief and accomplishment. Don’t relax too much, though, because what you do in the next 24 hours after a job interview can be just as crucial as your performance during the interview itself. Today we’re exploring ten things you should do to make the most of this critical post-interview period.
1. Reflect on the Interview
Immediately after the interview, take a moment to reflect on your performance. What went well? What could you have done better? Make notes about the questions asked, your answers, and any specific issues you wish you had mentioned. Try to capture any important points in your conversation to help you remember any follow-up questions or points you want to address. It can also be valuable if you advance to the next interview stage.
2. Evaluate the Company
Use this time to assess whether the company is the right fit for you. Reflect on the company culture, work environment, and your overall impression during the interview. This will help you make an informed decision if you receive a job offer.
3. Give Feedback to Your Recruiter
If you’re working with a recruiter, be sure to connect with them to share your thoughts. The company you interviewed with will be looking for feedback and you want your recruiter to be informed to keep the process moving forward on your behalf.
4. Send a Thank-You Email
It’s essential to send a thank-you email to all interviewers within 24 hours. Express your gratitude for the opportunity to interview and reiterate your interest in the position. Personalize the message by mentioning specific points from the interview to show that you were engaged and paying attention.
If you didn’t receive feedback during the interview, consider politely asking for it in your thank you email. Constructive feedback can help you improve your interviewing skills.
5. Connect With Your Interviewer on LinkedIn
I recommend doing this in addition to sending a separate thank you email. When send your LinkedIn invitation, personalize your message. You can say, “I’m sending you a more detailed thank you via email but wanted to make sure we were connected on LinkedIn.”
Even if you don’t end up landing the job, by connecting with your interviewer you have now expanded your professional network and left a positive, professional impression. Who knows if one day you might be referred for a different position!
6. Follow Up on Any Promised Actions
If the company mentioned specific actions or deadlines during your interview, ensure you follow up on them promptly. This demonstrates your commitment and professionalism.
7. Prepare for the Next Steps
If the interview process involves multiple rounds, take this opportunity to prepare for the next one. Review any potential topics or tasks that might come up in the next interview. If you’ve been invited for the next round, start preparing for it immediately. Review the company, the role, and any feedback you received to ensure you’re better prepared.
8. Stay Active and Productive
Maintain your job search momentum while waiting for feedback or the next step. Continue applying for other positions and networking. The job search process can be unpredictable, and you should never put all your eggs in one basket.
9. Be Patient
It’s natural to be anxious and eager for a response after an interview. Remember that the hiring process can take time. Strike a balance between demonstrating interest and respecting the company’s timeline. Maintain a positive attitude, even if you didn’t think the interview went as well as you had hoped. Interview performance can be subjective, and you might be surprised to receive positive feedback.
10. Stay Informed
Stay updated on any developments within the company, industry, or market that may affect your decision or your potential role. This will help you stay ahead and demonstrate your commitment during follow-up conversations.
In the critical 24 hours following a job interview, your actions can significantly impact your candidacy. By reflecting, sending a thoughtful thank-you email, and staying productive, you can increase your chances of success. Remember, the job interview is just one step in your career journey, and how you handle the aftermath can make all the difference. Good luck!