What to do next after a good interview
It’s a great feeling knowing that you did well in an interview, nailing the questions - even the tough ones - and receiving positive feedback from your interviewer; however you can’t take these signs as gospel.
Whilst an interviewer may have given you great feedback at the time, there are other deciding factors as to whether they will offer you the position or not. Our advice; don’t rest on your laurels; ensure you take these steps after every interview, even if you think it went well.
Before your interview is wrapped up, ask your interviewer when it’s likely you’ll hear a decision. Even if they give you a rough date, at least you’ll have a vague idea, so you don’t spend a nerve-racking couple of days jumping every time your phone rings or constantly refreshing your inbox.
Stand out from the crowd and follow-up your interview with a Thank You email: the majority of applicants won't do this, so you'll really make an impression. Your email should be addressed to everyone who interviewed you, giving a sincere thank you, as well as detailing the reasons why you’re interested in the position and an overview of your skills and experiences which would be beneficial for the job. The email can also be used to clear up anything that happened in your interview, maybe you stumbled on a question, or missed out a key achievement. Ensure you send the email within two business days of your interview, this shows your eagerness and sincerity for the position and it also keeps you fresh in the interviewer's mind.
Don’t give up the job hunt
Whatever you do, make sure you don’t stop searching for new positions. Even if you feel confident that the job is yours, you should continue to look for other opportunities. It’s wise to not put too much importance on a certain job or interview as you never know what will happen. You’ll only kick yourself if you put everything on hold for a particular job, to find out a week or so later that it didn’t turn out how you would have liked.
Don’t burn bridges
If you are unsuccessful, then don’t leave a bad taste in the interviewer’s mouth. You don’t know what may happen in the future, and you don’t know who they’re connected to within the industry. Always be very gracious and polite, remember to thank the interviewer for their time and leave the situation with your head held high. Interviews are always a steep learning curve, whether you’re successful or not. Take any negatives, work on them and then learn from them.