Interviewing can be a stressful time for candidates and it’s not always apparent what the best course of action is after an interview. Whilst it’s natural to relax after an interview and to wait for the phone to ring; there are a number of things you can do to boost your candidacy.
1. Speak to your recruiter straight after the interview
Your recruiter is working on your behalf to improve your chances of securing a role; it’s vital to call your recruiter (or even meet them face to face) after an interview to provide them with feedback on how the interview went, especially when it’s still fresh in your mind.
A one line email saying “I think it went well, let me know when you hear something” is not good enough. Often a client will ask the recruiter for the candidate’s feedback – if the recruiter hasn’t spoken with you he has two choices; trot out some generic feedback (“he/she thought it went well”, “very interested”, “enjoyed meeting with you”) which adds absolutely no value at all or simply be honest and say that he or she hasn’t managed to speak to the candidate yet. The second scenario may lead the hiring firm to think that the candidate isn’t especially interested. There may be a particular point of discussion that the hiring firm wanted to hear feedback on or something they wanted the candidate to reflect on. A good recruiter will book a time with you to speak after your interview.
You may not think your recruiter can influence the hiring firm however armed with the right information they can certainly sway a client who is in two minds about bringing someone back for a second interview.
2. Don’t call off the job search
Even if an interview has gone spectacularly well and the hiring manager gave you direct feedback during the interview, it’s not advisable to cancel other interviews or to give up the job search completely. The role isn’t yours until you have the contract in hand; you have passed the vetting and you have walked through the door on your first day – I certainly wouldn’t advocate interviewing right up until your first day (although no doubt some people do) but it’s sensible to hedge your bets, especially if you’re out of work and finding time to interview isn’t necessarily too difficult.
3. Prepare your referees
If your recruiter or the hiring firm have asked for details of your referees and it’s clear they’re going to contact them for a reference then make sure they are well prepared. Firstly and most obviously, make sure they know you are using them and that they have agreed. Secondly, if a speedy response is required, drop them a note and ask them if they would kindly respond as soon as they can – often an offer can be dependent on references and a slow responding referee can be frustrating for all parties concerned.
4. Keep researching the company and thinking about the opportunity
Carry on reading about the firm you are interviewing with, your knowledge and understanding will continue to improve and you will no doubt think of further questions to ask during any follow up interview which will help you make the most informed decision about the firm and the opportunity. It will also demonstrate to the hiring manager your commitment and interest in their organisation.
5. Don’t sever ties
If things don’t work out, don’t sever ties with your recruiter – if he or she is an industry specialist, he or she will be in a position to help you in years to come. The stronger your relationship with the recruiter, the more likely they are to contact you in the future with relevant opportunities. Certainly meet them face to face if you haven’t done so already.
You may also want to drop a note to the various interviewers from the process or perhaps connect with them on LinkedIn; you never know when they will cross your path again.
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