What Professionals Do After Every Interview

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What Professionals Do After Every Interview

Although it’s important toِ sayِ andِ do theِ rightِ things duringِ a job interview, it’s alsoِ just asِ important toِ pay attention toِ what youِ doِ afterِ a job interview.
This isِ when youِ canِ continue toِ makeِ a good impression onِ your interviewer.
Here areِ five thingsِ you shouldِ alwaysِ do afterِ a job interview andِ why youِ shouldِ doِ them.

1. Send a thank-you note

Send a thank-you note toِ theِ people whoِ interviewed you.
An email mightِ beِ quick andِ simple, butِ it’s notِ alwaysِ the mostِ effective wayِ toِ express gratitude.
“Regardless ofِ howِ the interview happened — inِ person, overِ the telephone, atِ lunch, orِ via anِ online video — a prompt thank-you note, toِ eachِ participant, isِ appropriate,” career expert Laura DeCarlo saidِ onِ career site Job Hunt.

A letter means a lot. | iStock.com/czarny_bez

Why it’s important

Roughly 22% ofِ employers areِ less likelyِ to hire a candidate whoِ doesِ not send a thank-you note, according toِ Career Builder research.
Sending a thank-you card inِ the mail isِ alsoِ a great wayِ toِ separate yourselfِ fromِ the otherِ job candidates becauseِ not manyِ people takeِ the time toِ doِ this.
It alsoِ gives theِ hiring manager a glimpse intoِ howِ you willِ treat team members andِ customers.

2. Notify references

Once you’ve reached theِ nextِ stage inِ the interview process, you’ll likelyِ beِ asked forِ references.
Instead ofِ handing overِ your list andِ hoping forِ the best, makeِ sure toِ reach outِ to theِ people onِ your reference list.
In addition, career expert Micah Abraham saidِ it’s a good idea toِ provide yourِ references withِ additional information aboutِ what toِ expect fromِ the interviewer.

Why it’s important

Don’t let references be taken by surprise. | iStock.com/DragonImages

You couldِ run theِ risk ofِ one ofِ your references forgetting theyِ agreed toِ provide a reference.
They mightِ not pick upِ theِ phone call orِ fail toِ call theِ interviewer back.
So makeِ sure toِ send a quick email orِ makeِ a phone call toِ letِ your references knowِ you recentlyِ applied forِ a job, andِ someone mightِ beِ calling them.

3. Keep looking for work

It’s great youِ scored a job interview, butِ your work doesn’t endِ there.
It’s inِ your bestِ interest toِ keepِ looking forِ jobs untilِ you haveِ anِ offer.
A betterِ job couldِ comeِ alongِ during theِ time you’re waiting forِ anِ offer toِ comeِ through.

Why it’s important

Notifying references is common courtesy. | iStock.com/Halfpoint

Just becauseِ you gotِ the job interview doesn’t meanِ you gotِ the job.
Don’t letِ overconfidence becomeِ your downfall.
Now isn’t theِ time toِ sit backِ andِ relax.

4. Follow up

Follow upِ toِ check onِ your status.
If itِ hasِ beenِ more thanِ oneِ week, it’s reasonable toِ contact yourِ interviewer toِ askِ where thingsِ areِ at.
One interviewer mightِ love email, butِ anotherِ might onlyِ accept phone inquiries.

Why it’s important

The search isn’t over yet. | iStock.com/DragonImages

Taking time toِ follow upِ shows youِ areِ still interested inِ the job.
One reason hiring mangers mightِ dismiss a job candidate isِ ifِ heِ or sheِ shows a lack ofِ interest.
Roughly 56% ofِ career advisers inِ the Workopolis survey saidِ disinterest wouldِ negatively affect a candidate’s chance ofِ receiving a job offer.

5. Stay calm

Don’t letِ anxiety takeِ overِ afterِ your job interview isِ done.
Now isِ the time toِ accept thatِ you’ve doneِ allِ you couldِ do.
Job search anxiety isِ very real, andِ if itِ isn’t keptِ under control, itِ couldِ affect yourِ chances ofِ gettingِ the position.

 Why it’s important

If youِ start toِ panic, you’ll mostِ likelyِ becomeِ overly aggressive withِ your follow-up.
Don’t worry aboutِ the job ifِ you haven’t heard backِ yet.
Instead ofِ obsessing overِ the decision, distract yourselfِ withِ otherِ things (such asِ your current job, ifِ you haveِ one).