Get That Job: After A Job Interview, Do These 5 Things
Job interviews don’t end when you shake hands to say goodbye. Maximize your chances of getting an offer. Make the right moves to be memorable and wanted for the job.
How To Finish A Job Interview
Job interviews don’t end when you shake hands to say goodbye. They continue into the hours and days after. Conduct yourself well during this period and you’re more likely to get the job.
Be memorable and show gratitude. Your interviewer will appreciate it, and you’ll improve your chance for getting an offer.
Here are five things to do when you close out an interview.
1. Give A Meaningful Goodbye
When your face-to-face interview ends, end it on the most positive note possible.
First, stand up, stand tall, and look your interviewer in the eye. Extend your arm and give a proper handshake.
Here’s how to give a good handshake:
- With a loose elbow joint, extend your right hand
- Lock hands with your interviewer, palm-to-palm
- Squeeze gently between your thumb and index finger to create pressure
- Give a few up-and-downs, but for no more than a few seconds
- Break your hold
As you’re shaking hands, remember to hold eye contact. With sincerity, offer your thanks to the interviewer.
It’s appropriate to say, “thank you for meeting with me today” or “it was nice to get to speak with you.”
If there are multiple people in the room and you cannot shake everyone’s hand, make a point to shake the hand of your main point of contact, at minimum.
Also, the end of the interview is not an appropriate time to ask about “next steps”. That’s a question you should ask while the interview is still underway.
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2. Leave Electronic Devices Put Away
When you interview for a job, you should behave as if you’re being observed inside and outside the interview location.
You crafted your image, and presented it for the duration of your interview. It would be terrible to undo that image on your way out the door.
Remain calm and collected. There is nothing you need to do right now. Exit the interview with grace. Leave your electronics put away.
You may have told someone you’d call after your interview; or, that you would text. That person can wait until you’re on your way home.
So long as you’re on company grounds, your interview’s still underway.
3. Don’t Discuss Your Interview Within 50 Feet Of The Interview Site
When you leave a job interview, keep your mouth shut about it until you’re well clear of the building and on your way home.
You never know who’s listening.
Conversations aren’t private. You don’t know who’s in the waiting room. You don’t know who’s in the elevator. You don’t know who’s in the parking lot.
The things you say are overheard easily. They can be used against you in a job offer situation. Keep your mouth shut about the job until you’re sure you’re off-site.
4. Write An Effective Thank You Note
Thank you notes help your interviewer to remember you in a good way. They’re easy to write and can help you get the job.
So few people write thank you notes. This is a chance for you to shine.
Well-written job interview thank you notes follow a pattern:
- A respectful salutation, such as “Dear”
- An introductory paragraph thanking your interviewer for its time
- A personalized paragraph stating how much you enjoyed the interview
- A closing line stating your continued interest in the job offer
- A respectful closing, such as “Best regards” or “Sincerely”
Include a specific reference in your thank you note to something that was said during the interview.
If your job interview included discussion about how Instagram can be used to connect with new customers, for example, specifically mention that in your thank you note. This small level of personalization will help your thank you note stand out.
Most thank you notes look like they came from a template. Yours will look custom.
For thank you notes sent via email, stick to simple subject lines, such as “Thank you”.
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5. Wait For A Job Offer Patiently
Interviewing for a job takes hustle. You work hard to seek out a job, you spend time crafting your best resume, and then you prepare for that interview with diligence.
Once your face-to-face interview ends, though, the interview process slows. Hustle is less important. Patience is more important. You may not get an offer for a days or weeks.
All you can do is wait. How you conduct yourself during this time period matters.
Don’t undo the hard work you’ve put in.
About a week after the interview, if you’ve heard nothing, it’s alright to share whatever updates you have relevant to the job opportunity, but that should be the extent of your communication.
Especially if your email or phone call goes unanswered.
An interviewer not getting back to you doesn’t mean that you didn’t the job.
It could mean that the company is interviewing other candidates, and keeping a policy of strict silence until the job interviews are complete.
Or, it could mean that the interviewer is extremely busy and plans to get back to you, but hasn’t had time to compose a thoughtful reply.
You’ve done your research. You’ve studied up on your answers. You put your best effort forth in your interview. You’ve done all you can do. It’s out of your hand now.
Be patient and wait. Your job offer will arrive soon enough.
How To Give A Better Job Interview
A job interview is about more than your resume and qualifications.
The way you talk and walk matters to your interviewer, and so do your answers to job-related questions.
Take control of your job interview and you’ll maximize your chances of getting a great job offer.
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