Monday, 20th November 2017
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AFTER THE INTERVIEW

After all the preparation and stress of the day, it is now finally over. All you can really do now is wait and hope that all of your hard work paid off. However, there are a few things which might well be last minute but everything helps if you have already got this far.

Don't forget to thank the employer

It never hurts to send a thank you email or letter to the interviewer for putting the time aside to meet you.

If you are sending a letter then do so promptly after the interview so they do not receive it after making their final decisions.

Within the content say you enjoyed meeting them and hope they give you the opportunity to work for them.

Don’t ask for the job or say things like, ‘I know I am not very good at interviews, but…’.

Remember you have done all you can and one of the main goals was demonstrating confidence. If you don’t think you were very good then the chances are the interviewer might not either.

Send forward a copy of your work

If, and only if, an interviewer has asked for further example of your work then do send it through.

Send it through quickly. Firstly, it may help in their decision process and secondly if you dither it is a fair example of what you may be like as an employee.

Do not pester

One email or call to thank is enough. If you keep calling to find out if you have been successful you could do more damage than good.

No employer will want to be bothered and annoyed by someone they are considering for employment.

If you are a pain even before you have started work then the chances are you will not be hired.

That said, if an employer has told you they will be in touch by a certain date and they don't contact you within that time, then a quick phone call or email to show you are still interested and keen wouldn't normally be a bad idea.

If you fail

*Try again. Interviews are a difficult, stressful and a practised process.

Like anything in life, the more you do them then the better you will become (although it goes without saying that the fewer interviews it takes to secure a job, the better).*

Perhaps there were candidates there who were quite simply outstanding. Perhaps there was a question you struggled with.

The next time you will be that little bit more practised and able to answer that tricky question they asked you. It is also not out of the ordinary to ask for feedback on your interview, should you have failed.

This should highlight the areas which you need to improve in time for your next attempt.

Websites like JobZoo can help you plan your CV better, give you interview advice and help you to be better prepared for your interview.