Interview Tips

What to do after an interview

What should you do after an interview to impress an employer? Following up is vital! Here, we give you the lowdown on what you need to know.

So you managed to bag yourself an interview for that job you’ve wanted for ages. You turned up on time, did your best to impress, and now you’re faced with the hardest part of all – the waiting game! For the best chances of success, it’s time to become a super savvy job hunter and follow up like a pro.

So, what’s the best approach for creating the right impression and proving to an employer that you really are the right person for the job, just in case there was any doubt in their mind?

How to follow up your interview

How should you follow up?

There are no hard and fast rules about following up after an interview, so take note of how things seem to be done within the business that you’re hoping to work in. If they’ve always contacted you by email, stick with that. If they’ve always wrote you a letter or called you, take this approach instead.

Most modern companies will prefer the email approach, and this has the added benefit of being really quick and completely free.

Wherever possible, target a specific person rather than just sending communications to generic email boxes. You’ll have hopefully built up some rapport with key decision makers during your interview, so try to take away their contact details.

How soon should you do it?

Immediately! Decisions about recruitment can be made really quickly if a company is eager to get someone started in the role, so act as soon as you can. After your initial contact, leave it a week or two before you get in touch again.

Don’t think that you will appear pushy as it just makes you look keen (which is never a bad thing).

What should you say?

Initially, thank the interviewer for their time, and state that you’re still very interested in the job, are interested in getting some feedback and can be available to answer any further questions if necessary. Keep is short and sweet.

If you don’t hear back after a few weeks, get in touch again and ask whether they need any more information from you.

It’s perfectly acceptable to ask when you can expect to hear if a decision has been made, but don’t be too pushy. Ringing or emailing every single day isn’t likely to create the best impression!

What if you don’t get the job?

We know there’s a tendency to want to forget all about it if you aren’t offered the job, but don’t miss the opportunity to get some really valuable feedback on your performance in the interview.

Many businesses are happy to have a chat with you about why you weren’t successful, so do ask. Hopefully, you’ll get some useful pointers on how to improve for next time and possibly an invite for future roles.

So, if they thought that you didn’t have enough experience for the job, you might decide to apply for internships or volunteer for a while to boost your skills. If they say that you didn’t seem to know much about the company, you’ll know that you need to do much more research in the future. Whatever it is that you’re told, take it on board and work out how you can overcome the problem for the next time you have an interview.

Do you make a point of following up after a job interview? Do you think it can have an impact on your success? We’d love to hear your views!