Monday, December 17, 2012

Tips for after an interview

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Winter break is a popular time for interviews. Some of us will be searching for spring or summer internships, while seniors may be securing jobs for right after graduation. Whatever the case, a particular Youtern article written by Glassdoor caught my eye because it gave great tips on what to and not to do after your next interview. Some of the tips were rather basic, but a refresher course is never necessarily a bad thing.

  • Send a thank you note
    • Immediately follow up after any interview. A personal, handwritten note looks the best. This will show that you really do care and see their company as having a worthwhile position for you. It will also put a lasting impression in their mind. If you come into contact with anyone else at any point of the interview, it may be beneficial to send them an e-mail thanking them for their time.
  • Connect on LinkedIn
    • If a connection was present, it will be propitious to take this step. Although they may not hire you for this particular position, another opportunity may come along that makes them think of you. If you are connected on a social network, they can easily access your information and contact you.
  • Don't be impatient
    • The job hiring process is a complex and time consuming one. If an interviewer did not give you any indication of when you would hear back, do not pester them.
  • Follow up
    • Having said that, if the interviewer did allocate a certain time as to when you should have heard back, there is nothing wrong with following up. The interviewer may have forgotten to let you know and it is not fair if you are waiting around when a decision has already been made.
  • Don't quit your search
    • This is crucial. Even if you feel that an interview went flawlessly, the company still may come across candidates with more potential than you. Do not cease your search to find another job until you have learned that you have officially been hired.
  • Don't be too aggressive
    • Tact is key. An employer will appreciate a follow up e-mail or a thank you note. They will be frightened by an overeager interviewee who keeps e-mailing or calling them. 
  • Review the entire experience
    • Regard every job interview as a learning experience. I would even suggest going to job interviews that you are iffy about. It may surprise you and be exactly what you wanted. If this is not the case, it will at the least help you to better prepare for an interview at a company you are passionate about. The job interview process is a scary one for anyone, no matter how experienced they are or calm they appear. Just remember to be yourself!

Here is a helpful infographic on interview etiquette:

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