The Interview Went Well, Now What?
You go into the interview all nervous and sweaty, wondering what will happen. But you find your groove, and sooner than later you find that the interview is over and you are walking out with a huge smile on your face. The interview is done, and you think that it went pretty well. After you are done basking in the moment for a bit, a thought might pass through your head: the interview went well, but now what?
While most people will answer that question with nothing, and will advise you to wait to hear back from the company, they will only be partially right. While you do have to wait, after all the ball is in their court now, there are certain things you can do in the meanwhile. They may even help in improving your chances of getting an offer.
In that regard, here are the things you should do after the interview:
Send a thank you note
These days the art of sending thank you notes has fallen off the mainstream wagon, however, that in itself can be your advantage. Nobody likes sending thank you notes, but everyone loves receiving thank you notes. So, send one to your interviewer, who knows it might even help them see you more favorably if they are on the fence. You don’t even have to go through that much trouble. The thank you note need not be a traditionally handwritten one, you can send an e-thank you note, or even an e-mail thanking them might surmise.
If you have been waiting for a few days to hear back from the company, then it is okay to follow up with your interviewer and ask them for an update. If you were contacted through a recruiter or put in touch through a friend or reference, then contact them first. They may be able to give you more updates, and will be more likely to be honest with you, either about when to expect an answer, or even IF you should expect an answer or not.
Clarify and provide supporting documentation
If you feel that you didn’t clarify a point, or if the interviewer said something and you want to address it or deny it, now would be the time to do that. They may even want additional documents, or references, which you should go ahead and provide. Even if they didn’t ask for it, but you think that it may support your case, then go ahead and send it in. This could be documents or certificates, letters of recommendation, references, or sample pieces and a portfolio, whichever is relevant to you. After all, it can’t hurt, right?!
Continue to look for a job and interview in other companies
Even if you are 99% sure that you are going to get this job, don’t just wait around for it. Instead, continue to look for jobs and try out for other interviews. There is no point is just waiting around, because in that 1%, if you don’t get that job, then what? Also, think of it this way, if they think that you may get a job elsewhere, they may hurry up and offer you the job, rather than risk a competitor scooping you up.
To balance things out, here are some things you shouldn’t do after the interview:
Don’t follow up too often
Remember how annoying it is when you are driving and there is someone else in the car, who keeps asking, ‘are we there yet’, every five minutes. In fact, that is the epitome of annoying. Yea, don’t be that guy. Ask the interviewer, when you should hear from them, or when would be a good time to follow up. Respect the answer they give you, and follow up only after that time.
Don’t add the interviewer or anyone from the company on social media
You don’t know them, at least not yet. No matter how well you think the interview went. You may have even felt a connection with them during the interview, but whatever you do, don’t add them on social media. It’s too soon; they are not your friends. For now, keep it professional. Once you do get the job and get to know them a little more personally, then you can add them on social media.
Don’t act like you already have the job
Even if you are sure you will get the job, don’t act like it. Nobody likes an over confident show off. Instead, be humble, and pretend if you have to that you are unsure if you will get the job. There may be a chance that even if they were going to offer you the position, they may not, or even retract the offer, if they don’t like your behavior. It may make them think that you are not the right fit for the company.