5 Things to Remember After Your Interview

There’s a common theme in the recruiting process that gives job seekers cold sweats and anxiety. It’s not sending out resumes or even preparing for the interview. It’s what happens afterward.

The waiting is the hardest part…

You probably know the feeling. You’ve just had a great interview, and you’re elated. You were well prepared, and it showed. They seemed to like you and even asked key questions like “when could you start?” Everything feels like it’s going your way as you high-step back to your car and head home.  You remembered to get the hiring manager’s card when you interviewed and you sent a professional thank you note the day after the interview.  At this point, you’re certain you’re going to hear from the company very soon.

But then you don’t. Instead, uninterrupted radio silence ensues for days or weeks (sometimes longer), and you start to doubt yourself. You begin to wonder what to do next.

Don’t stress. This article is for you. Here are the four things to keep in mind next time you find yourself in interview limbo.

Five Key Things to Remember After the Interview:

  1. Whatever you do; don’t panic
  2. Be polite, enthusiastic, and positive
  3. Recognize that hiring managers are busy
  4. Keep up your job search
  5. You might be a good match, but not a perfect fit

Don’t Panic

Hiring managers can sense self-doubt and fear. Desperation is not a good negotiation tactic, and when you sound stressed or frazzled, it won’t make a good impression. Instead of panicking, remind yourself of how well the interview went and then keep your mind occupied with whatever distracts and relaxes you.  Put your energies into reinforcing that positive image you projected during the interview instead.

There is a really good chance that the delay has nothing to do with you exactly and instead is being driven by business factors and management decisions inside the company.

Stay Positive and Friendly

Remember how you felt when you had just left the interview? Channel that upbeat and positive feeling into polite, professional follow-ups. It’s ok to leave a voicemail or send an email once a week. But that’s about it. Don’t overdo it, no matter how polite or enthusiastic you are.

Use language like:

“I’m just calling to check on the status…”

“I’m still very excited about the opportunity…”

“I know you’re busy and appreciate your time…”

Don’t say things like:

“I have left several messages already…”

“I expected a decision by now…”

Recognize that Hiring is Not the Manager’s Only Job

It can feel like the only important aspect of a hiring manager’s job is to hire people (and by that, we mean immediately call and recruit top candidates), but it’s not. Hiring managers have a great many duties, and even when it comes to recruiting there are usually multiple steps.

Try to remember that your interviewer may be busy doing any number of important things like reviewing resumes, conducting interviews, and probably covering for some of the responsibilities that you are hoping to cover.  The company is probably hiring because they are short staffed in some way, so that might put a strain on everyone in the department including the manager.

Keep up with your job search and interviewing

Not only should you never put all your eggs in one basket, but there are positive psychological and functional reasons for pursuing other opportunities, even if this was your ‘dream job’.  You might find an even better job in the process, but in any case, the interviewing practice will benefit you in the long run.

If you do get another offer in the meantime, but you still prefer this first job, you might be able to TACTFULLY use it to move the process along.  Don’t ever do this if you don’t have another offer.  You can call or email the hiring manager to let them know that you are still very interested in their position, but that want to give them a heads up that you have another offer that you are considering right now.  Don’t overtly try to ‘put the squeeze on them’, but if they are interested and have the ability to move forward, this should at least restart the conversation.

You Might Not be a Perfect Fit (but You May Be Able to Overcome It)

This last one is a little tricky. It might be a case of the truth hurts, but it doesn’t have to mean the door is closed. Companies frequently hire people who are a good fit, but not quite a great fit. And why do they decide to pull the trigger? Usually, it’s because that person shows them that they are capable of filling the position and adding value to the team, even if they aren’t an ideal match.

If you find yourself in this predicament and facing objections from an employer that you really want to work for, put in a little effort.

For example, if it’s a sales job, put together a sales presentation and pitch them. Or send a technical article based on something you discussed during the interview and try to weave a friendly conversation around it (to show that you’re always learning and advancing). Or, select key points from your resume that are a perfect fit for the position and expand on them in a brief email and sell why those skills do, in fact, make you a great fit (even if they can’t see it yet). Just remember to be polite and upbeat and not argumentative.

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5 Things You Should Do Before Every Interview

There are literally thousands of articles across the internet sharing tips and tricks for acing your next interview. So many, in fact, that just a simple search on Google is enough to give most people a headache. It’s difficult to know what to focus on and put into practice, after all, chances are you’re not going to recall every pearl of wisdom when there’s so much good input to consider.

Ace your interviews!

Instead of wondering what you should be sure to implement and what isn’t *quite* as critical, we’ve created a short list of the top five things you can do before every interview to help get your head in the game and leave a great first impression.

And, what’s even better – these tips are helpful regardless of how exceptionally qualified you are or what position you’ve applied for!

Our Top 5 Tips for
Acing Your Job Interview

Research the Company

It goes without saying that you should research the business you’d like to work for before your interview, but it is surprising how many people skip this critical step. Take the time to read their “About Us” and learn more about the company history, their published mission, and how they talk about their products or services.

Regardless of what kind of position you may be interviewing for, the more you know about them and speak like you’re already one of the team, the better. The company website and team member LinkedIn pages are a great place to start your research.

Review Typical Interview Questions for the Position

If you’ve been job hunting in the same field for a while, it’s possible you’ve already spent a significant amount of time cruising job forums and reviewing some of the most commonly asked interview questions for your prospective position.

Even still, now that you have a specific title in your sights, you should once again take to the keyboard and spend some time investigating what questions you may be asked and begin formulating your answers ahead of time.  If you are working with a recruiter, you can gain additional insight.  Will it be heavy on technical questions, or more geared toward cultural fit?  Will you get probing questions with no real right answer, like “If you were a tree, what kind would you be?”

Prepare Your Responses to Common Questions

You don’t need to rehearse your answers to every question, but you should have a good idea of what examples and references you want to share that are the most applicable to the job you’re interviewing for and make you sound like a rock star employee. Think of bullet points you want to be sure to mention rather than entire canned responses.  It is a great idea to have specific examples of past projects or successes in mind that you can work into the conversation.

Practice Power Postures

One secret to quickly boosting your confidence just before an interview is practicing power postures (sometimes called power poses). By purposefully putting yourself into positions psychologically associated with power, dominance, and confidence, you can make yourself feel those things even if you wouldn’t otherwise. It’s a lot like smiling to improve your mood. Confidence, attitude and mostly enthusiasm are much more important in hiring decisions than most people realize.

It might sound a little over the top, but you don’t need to do these poses in front of anyone to feel the effect. You just need to commit to the full pose and hold the posture of your choice for at least two minutes (and you can do it in a restroom or stairwell if you have to).

Figure Out Your Hook

Last but not least, know your hook. What is the #1 reason you’re a perfect fit for this position? What pivotal moment in your life set you on the path to becoming exactly the right person they’re looking for? Or think of it this way – each candidate for a position has a brand identity that the interviewer should conjure up when they think of you.  What is your branding – Super technical talent? Great teammate?  Industry guru?  Consistent achiever?

If you can tell a brief story about how your experiences or background have created a passion for all things (fill in the blank, as related to the field you’re interviewing for), then you will have a hook. Using a “hook” not only makes you more memorable but also makes it sound like the position is more than a job to you, it’s a perfect fit.

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