After Your Interview – What Must You Do Next?

Job applicants having interview

Other than actually landing the interview itself and living through it, waiting after the interview and wondering whether you will get a phone call or a rejection letter can be one of the most difficult aspects of searching for a job. What you do after the interview should actually start while you are still ‘working’ the interview.

Prior to leaving make sure that you have noted the name of the person or persons who interviewed you. This will come in handy later for a number of purposes. Also, do make sure that you shake hands once again with your interviewer and thank them for taking the time to meet with you. Also, it’s not out of line to ask when they expect to be making a decision. This gives you a timeline to go by.

Always be sure to send a thank-you letter. This practice not only demonstrates good social etiquette but it also helps to keep you and your skills fresh in the mind of the interviewer. On some occasions an interviewer already has an idea by the time the interviews are completed who they will be calling to offer the job; however on many more occasions they still remain unsure who will be awarded that coveted slot. Sometimes they want a little time to ‘sleep’ on the decision or they may need to consult supervisors or others within their organization regarding the hiring decision. If a decision has not already been reached in the mind of the employer when all of the interviews have been completed, taking the time to send a thank-you letter can go a long way toward making sure you don’t get lost in the shuffle.

While it’s a good idea to send a polite thank you note to the person who interviewed you it is not a good idea to pester that person to no end. The only result you are likely to achieve through this strategy is alienating yourself from them and assuring that you won’t get the job. Although ‘don’t take no for an answer’ is a strategy that many aggressive job coaches recommend; it is still always best to observe polite social standards.

That is not to say that you should sit by the phone and allow several weeks to elapse, waiting, while you hear nothing and do nothing. Ideally, your thank you letter should have gone out the same day as the interview, no later than the following day. This means that the interviewer should receive it within one to two days following the initial interview.

Keep track of when the employer indicated a decision would be made and if that time has come and gone, it is perfectly permissible to go ahead and phone them. However; when you do make the call, be polite. State your name, the date you interviewed and the position for which you interviewed. You may say that you are following up to inquire as to whether a decision has been made.

At this point, the conversation can go a number of ways. The employer may indicate that a decision has been made and all candidates who were not selected will be receiving a letter in the mail. If this is the response you receive, it is your cue that you were not hired. Had you been, you would have received a phone call from the employer by now.

Thank them for their times, ask them to keep you in mind for any future vacancies and get off the line. Don’t burn any bridges. It could be that there was simply a better qualified candidate for that particular position, but they might consider you for a different, future position.

On the other hand, the employer may state that they are still reviewing resume, conducting interviews, etc, etc. This type of response could mean a couple of different things. It could mean that they really have made a decision and the person just doesn’t feel comfortable telling you on the phone that you weren’t selected or it could simply be taken at face value.

Perhaps something came up and their initial timeline has been forced to be extended somewhat. In either case, always remain polite and thank them for their time. After you end the call, make a note of the date on your planner and set a tickler to remind yourself to call back in a week if you still haven’t heard anything. Call back once a week, every week until a decision is made. Once a week is persistent; a trait which is to be admired. Once a day is pesky; a trait that should be avoided at all costs.

While it can be difficult to wait around after the interview, the most important two things that you should do is not blow the opportunity by annoying the employer with numerous pesky phone calls and by all means do not show up announced at their office door asking if they have arrived at a decision. Finally, make sure that you don’t pin all your hopes on one job. Yes, it may have been your first choice and your ideal dream job; however; this is probably also true for someone else as well. Use the time while you are waiting to hear back from the employer to line up your ‘B’ plan. Continue job searching, scheduling interviews and most importantly, reminding yourself that you can do this.

How to Answer Interview Questions: The Number One Job Interview Tip

The Girl Is Stressing On Interview

There are a few steps you need to follow if you want to secure a job. First, you need to land the interview. Second, you need to “nail” the interview. And, third, you absolutely must follow-up on the interview. This article will focus on the second part of getting a job…the interview itself…and the number one job interview secret…

There are a few steps you need to follow if you want to secure a job. First, you need to land the interview. Second, you need to “nail” the interview. And, third, you absolutely must follow-up on the interview. This article will focus on the second part of getting a job…the interview itself…

There are many things you are going to need to do in order to nail the job interview such as making a great first impression, paying attention to body language, maintaining eye contact etc., but none of these are more important than how to answer the interview questions.

In order to really excel during the interview you must be able to answer the interview question in a manner that portrays confidence, diligence, and experience.

The best way to do this is become as familiar as you can with the most common interview questions in your field. I suggest simply doing a Google search for interview questions for [insert job title here].

However, while knowing the interview questions will help, knowing how to answer the interview questions will put you way ahead of your competition.

As someone who as interviewed countless people for teaching positions I am always shocked at how many potentially great teachers fall short when it comes to interviewing and the big reason is because their answers are all too often based on theory…their answers to the interview questions just seem too general and too vague.

The biggest job interview tip I could ever give anyone in any field is to answer each interview question with specific examples.

Again, it does not matter what profession you are interviewing for, but since my experience is mostly with teachers I will give an example from that profession…

A common interview question for teachers is, “How do you feel about team teaching?”

There are three steps to answering this interview question, yet most candidates only follow the first two.

Step One: Tell them you love the idea of team teaching. (This is to some extent a rhetorical question as there is only one correct response in this case…no one is going to hire a teacher who is against team teaching.)

Step Two: Give the theory behind why team teaching is worthwhile for both the teacher and student.

Step Three: Give a specific example from an actual lesson or unit in which you were involved in team teaching. This is the step that most people interviewing fail to do.

Step Four: (Yes, I know I said three steps, but this is the bonus step…the icing on the cake.) Show examples of student work from that specific lesson/unit.

Again, this works for any profession…just change the examples. Let’s say you are applying for a real estate position and are asked about working as a team…say, “yes you love it”…followed by why you thinking teaming is so important, followed by how you have teamed in the past AND an example of what that produced.

Obviously this is easier if you are experienced in your field, but even if you are not, you must have some type of training that prepared you for the job…use examples from that training and explain what you plan to do if given the chance.

I guarantee that answering interview questions in this manner will put you light years ahead of the competition.

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