After the Job Interview
- Show you’re interested in the job and speak up
You want to leave a lasting impression with the employer. In the last few minutes of your interview, ask the necessary follow-up questions to know where the employer stands and find out a timeline. Asks questions like, ''will there be a second interview?'' and ''how soon is the company looking to fill the position?''.
- Collect business cards
At the end of your interview, be sure to collect business cards from each person that interviews you. It is important to get employers’ titles, email addresses and correct spelling of their names for follow up.
- Inform your references
Make sure you call or email your references before your interview to inform them of the company name and information on the position you applied for.
Reassess how the interview went. Find a quiet spot to sit down and write out your assessment of the position and the employer. It is also a good idea to write out questions that you struggled with so that when you have another interview, you can improve on your responses.
- Write a thank you letter or email
Show the employer that you want the job and write a thank you letter or email within 24 hours! This is not only a beneficial networking tool for you but shows the employer you are serious about the position. Make sure to be pleasant and brief in your email/letter, but be sure to provide just enough information to recall your interview.
- Know when to follow up
By asking the follow up questions after the interview, you will know when a good time is to follow-up. Be sure to respect the interviewer and if they tell you two weeks, do not call them tomorrow. You want to show you’re interested and enthusiastic about the position but don’t want to seem desperate.
- Do your salary research
Conduct your own investigation into what comparable jobs pay for the same position in your general area in case the employer asks you this information in a follow-up interview.
- Continue actively job searching
Just because you've had an interview, does not mean you should stop your job search. Keep your options open until you have a contract waiting to be signed!
- Accepting rejection
If the employer calls and does not offer you the position, thank them for their call. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to ask for feedback or recommendations for improvement for your next interview.
In you live in Ontario, Employment Ontario Employment Services in your area may be able to further assist you on this topic. In BC, you can contact your local WorkBC office. Look for workshops on Interview Strategies that will help prepare you for your interview.
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