Dec 20, 2011
Job hunting requires effectively juggling a number of skills, multi-tasking a series of actions all to find you the right job. You’ve gotten though the writing of a powerful resume, a well-defined cover letter and the research of potential employers. Now you are scheduled for your first job interview.
You’ve practiced you job interview presentation by going through a series of taped mock interviews. Your interview preparation included additional research on the employer, the writing out of a series of question to ask and a powerful summary to wrap up your interview presentation.
All the preparation and hard work has now helped in responding to a series of tough questions in the job interview. You’ve learned more about the company and the challenges facing the job. You give yourself an B or maybe an A- regarding your interview performance.
So now you sit back and wait for the job offer? Right? No, you still have critical work to do. Here are four post-interview steps assuring you get the maximum out of each job interview:
1. A well crafted handwritten thank-you note should be sent immediately through the mail. It should express your appreciation for their time, indicate your continued high level of interest in the job, and mention something unique that may have occurred in the interview. If you were asked to provide some additional information, do it promptly.
After about two weeks, and depending on what you were told in the job interview, you should make a telephone follow-up.
2. Who decided the job hunt is over? You still have work to do every day in your job hunt. A job interview is a competition; there are others who may have gone through the same preparation as you did. So you do not have a lock on the job.
The interview should increase your confidence. If one employer may want to hire you then surely there are others. So keep networking, researching, sending out resumes and making follow-up calls. It’s not over until it’s over, so until you receive a job offer, keep the pipeline full of job hunting activity.
3. Now is the time to critically examine your interview performance. Write out what you can recall. Questions asked and answered. What did you do or say that seemed to go over real well? How about the other side of the coin? What could you do better? What questions did you have some difficulty with? Why?
Write out your thoughts and your plans for improvement. Start the job interview improvement process immediately. You never know when the next call will be another employer wishing to schedule an interview on relative short notice. Always try to stay as prepared as possible.
Your activities after the interview complete the process. They are sometimes more important than job interview preparations. Your learning and abilities should be to improve after each job interview. Effective job hunting is all about details. So don’t neglect these critical post-interview actions.
By John Groth