Going for an interview and answering all those questions presented to you is hard enough but your work isn’t done just yet. There’s more to finding a job than just the interview process. After the interview you have several things that you need to do to increase your chances of finding a job.
1. Keep looking for work
Just because you went to an interview doesn’t give you an excuse to stop looking for work. There’s no guarantee that the hiring manager will make you an offer. If you keep looking you might be able to setup another interview while you wait for the decision of your previous interview. Make sure that the moment your interview is over you start looking for the next job because you’ll increase your chances of getting one if you continue to send out resumes and fill out applications. Don’t sit on your hands and wait for that call, keep looking.
2. Send a thank you email
Be sure you acknowledge the interview and send out a thank you email once you get home. This can be a simple note thanking the interviewer for taking the time to meet you. This will let the interviewer know that you actual cared about the interview and that you’re genuinely interested in the position. This might make them look over your application a second tіme and you could just get the job. This might seem like wasted effort but it’s a really good way of presenting yourself in a positive way to potential employers. Surprisingly, very few job seekers do this.
3. Evaluate how you did
Take some time to look over what you said in the interview. Is there any way you can improve your responses in the next interview? Decide what went right in the interview and build off of those positive points. This evaluation can help you better prepare for the next interview. If there’s something that went wrong in the interview then figure out why it went wrong and work to correct it.
4. Remember questions that were difficult
Make note of questions asked of you that you found difficult to answer. Work on these questions and decide how you’ll answer them in the future. It’s possible that during new interviews they will crop up again. Make sure the next interview is a good one and leave a lasting impression by being able to answer all questions even the harder ones asked of you.
5. Follow up with a call or email
Make a call or send an email if you haven’t heard back after some time to determine your status. This can go a long way and the company may see you as someone with determination and might take a second look at your application. If you keep calling then this will probably leave a negative impression so keep it at one or two calls at the most.