What To Do After a Job Interview
So, the job interview is finally over (sigh of relief!)… but now what?
Whether you think your interview went well or not, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. It’s always important to be prepared for any possible outcome.
To help turn your potential post-interview stress into a positive attitude, here are some of our top tips on what to do after a job interview:
Let Your Hair Down!
It’s been a stressful week after all… you’ve obviously been swatting and fretting and pacing and probably a number of other …ings so as soon as you step out of the building it’s best to go directly for your poison of choice to help you de-stress.
If you’re a booze hound, it’s always best to hit the first pub you spot. Literally. Get in there before the post-interview adrenalin saps away as top scientists have proven that alcohol tastes better – and stronger -when you’re on a natural chemical high. So aim to get that first whisky, vodka or high-strength lager down your neck within 7 minutes of leaving the building, and preferably two drinks inside 10 minutes for maximum effect.
If you prefer a different type of de-stressing agent, it’s advisable to have prepared some in advance from a vendor you trust rather than attempting a hasty untested purchase in whatever questionable neighbourhood your potential new employer has chosen to set up business (no doubt for economic reasons).
Don’t worry if you’re driving as it will take some time for alcohol or narcotics to affect the bloodstream and the chances of the police catching you are about 1 in 10 which is a lot better than the lottery and people bet on that all the time.
Follow up after every interview. No exceptions.
Not only is it a great way to show an employer your enthusiasm and interest in the role, it could also provide you with some useful answers to the questions you’ve been asking yourself (and obsessing over) ever since you left the interview room.
For example, you were nervous so did the interviewer hear it when you trumped? Was there a smell? Did you leave a stain?
These burning issues need to put to bed. And don’t listen to those overly cautious people who say there’s a big difference between ‘interested’ and ‘irritating’. There isn’t.
You really must chase up the employer and act keen with regular phone calls to stay on top of it. The first one should probably be within the hour (from the pub if you’re feeling extra confident) or at least daily.
Another tip is to go back to building where you had your interview at around 5pm and try to catch the interviewer(s) as they leave for the evening.
A ‘hand on arm’ gesture and a gentle ‘face to face’ reminder will show that you’re extra keen. Use physical force if necessary to push the sale through. No one likes a wuss.
Evaluate your performance
OK, so maybe you’ve just had a bad interview. In this situation, it’s best to brush it off, forget about it, and move on with your life…right? Wrong.
Whether there’s a difficult interview question you need to nail for next time, or if you feel like your body language could do with some improvement, it’s absolutely vital to take some time out to actually assess how you did – and work out some tangible ways to improve on any potential interview weaknesses.
If you’ve completely embarrassed yourself and talked a load of rubbish then it’s time to man up.
You should be utterly ashamed of yourself and rightly so. Start by admitting to everyone what a fool you’ve been on Facebook and Twitter then give at least £20 to a charity you don’t even like such as Reptiles in Need.
Then ban yourself from personal luxuries like booze, chocolate and crisps. And don’t masturbate either even if someone asks you to.
Do this for as long as it takes to get another interview and make sure you don’t mess this one up!
Alternatively, if you think it went alright just repeat points 1 & 2 until you get the job.
Don’t abandon your job search!
Even if you think a job interview went well, it’s never a good idea to put all your hopes into one hypothetical opportunity – especially if the job is in a morally questionable industry like gambling, pornography, banking or an insurance company.
So keep your options open, and jump straight back onto the job hunting wagon. Having some alternative applications to fall back such as shelf-stacking on the nightshift at Morrisons or Asda or being a security guard on an empty, dangerous and often-robbed building site in case things don’t turn out as planned will keep your job search moving.
And, if you do end up getting a job offer for your original interview, it’s perfectly acceptable to use your other job offers as leverage to negotiate salary or to speed up their decision making.
For example, you might be offered as much as £15k to be a nightshift Customer Services rep at Mecca Bingo but tell Jackpot Joy it’s £20k and see what they say. If they turn you down, don’t worry because CS at Mecca isn’t as bad as everyone says it is, even if they expect you to supply your own computer and teabags.
Make sure your references are paid in full
So, the interview is over. The employer has asked thoroughly gone through your CV, and have heard all they want to hear. Or have they?
When it comes to the decision making stage, recruiters will often search for further ways to justify their choice – and one of these ways is to get in touch with your references.
In preparation for this, make sure whatever questionable characters you’ve named on your CV have been paid in full. If not, they could say anything about you such as ‘Yes, I know Howard Lumson. He takes drugs and still owes me a tenner” – which is not good.
You want them to say: ‘Yes, I know Howard Lumson. He’s perfect for whatever job he’s looking for and you’d be making a massive mistake if you don’t hire him” – which is good.
So it’s always a good idea to let your references know that after paying them, they might be getting a phone call or email, and to make sure, at the very least, they actually remember who you are.
* The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Accolade Recruitment only and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other Recruitment agency or the Department of Employment. Any examples of analysis or case-studies discussed within this article should only be utilized in real-world situations at the candidate’s risk as they are based on often limited and debatable source information.