You survived the interview. Now what? Hopefully, before the interview ended, you asked about next steps and/or the hiring time frame; but what can you do while you wait for the news? I have a few ideas to keep you busy:
Send a thank you email. This may seem like it’s an outdated ritual, but it’s not. Not only is it a simple display of common courtesy, it’s a great way to thank the interviewer for their time, mention something from the interview that really caught your attention and reinforce your interest in the position. You can even come back with a solution or new idea for something that was discussed. Or, if you had an outstanding question, you could ask it in the note.
Review the interview. Take some time to rewind the interview. What worked? What fell flat? Were there questions you had a difficult time answering? Reflect on your feedback and figure out how to improve your performance next time (if needed.)
Plan for the second interview. Think positive and start preparing for interview #2. Figure out how to incorporate what you learned in the first interview to make your performance the second time around even stronger.
Follow up with your references. If you provided references to the employer, make sure to give your references a heads up to let them know who may be contacting them. Also, give them details on how you thought the interview went and why you are a great fit for the position.
Continue networking. Even if you think you’ve got the job in the bag, don’t stop networking. Keep making connections. Stay in touch with your network. Let them know about your job search progress. And, always stay networking – even when you get the job!
Interviews can be a lot of work and after you’ve finished one, you may just want to relax – but not until you’ve finished your post-interview checklist!
What are some of your tips for after the interview? Let us know in the comments.