What To Do After An Interview – “Did I Get The Job!?”

What To Do After An Interview – “Did I Get The Job!?”
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By Jeff Gillis

Remember that totally amazing interview you had a few days ago?

You remember, the one where you blew the competition out of the water?

You were prepped, ready, and on point!

In fact, if you’d been any more the Perfect Candidate, you would have already had the job!

So why haven’t you heard from the company yet?

Why are you home, sitting by yourself in your living room, still waiting to hear what’s going on? Why have they left you hanging?

Ugh. The waiting game. It’s the worst.

That hollow “Did I?” or “Didn’t I?” ping pong of thoughts going on in your head as you replay your interview over and over again.

After a while that victorious glow you felt after a solid interview starts to fade and is replaced by the dreaded “Waiting Game Blues.”

You know the feeling…that creeping sense of anxiety mixed with self-doubt and frustration.

Why haven’t they called?
Was it something I said?
Something I did?
Did I get the job?

I thought I did a great job! They told me I was amazing and that they’d be in touch…but it’s been years and years and still nothing!

Okay, maybe not years…but you get the idea.

Even a few days waiting post-interview can seem like an eternity.

Trust us…we totally understand where you’re coming from and get your sense of frustration and doom.

We agree: it sucks. And unfortunately, it happens to us all…which is why you need to be prepared when it happens to you.

So what can you do during the waiting game to help keep yourself from going crazy? How do you survive?

Here is an easy list of what to do after an interview to help maintain your sanity, remain productive and most importantly, keep yourself in the game.

What to Do While You Wait For the Result of Your Interview

 

DO NOT TAKE IT PERSONALLY

 

This is the number one thing you can do to make your waiting time easier and help cut way down on the crazy feelings we know are starting to buzz around in your brain.

DO NOT take the waiting game personally.

Hyper-analyzing every single second of your job interview is only going to drive you crazy as well as waste time you could be spending on other things.

 

BE THE PROVERBIAL SHARK IN THE JOB POOL OF LIFE

 

Did you know sharks never stop swimming?shark-keep-monving

They are the top predators in the ocean and spend their entire lives on the move. The last thing you’ll ever find is a shark sitting around on his couch at home after an interview just—waiting.

Be like a shark. Instead of waiting around and putting everything else on hold, keep moving. Keep looking. Keep interviewing.

Yes, the one you interviewed for might have been the job you’ve been dying to have since you were five, but sitting around waiting for it for forever isn’t going to get you anything more than a load of frustration.

There are no awards for “Most Loyal Potential Employee We Never Actually Hired.”

Have a backup plan and backup jobs you can continue to pursue while you wait.

 

REACH OUT TO YOUR TEAM

 

community-150124_640Remember all those people who helped you get that interview? Maybe you worked with a recruiter? What about your friend who works at the company who got you the introduction?

Reach out to them—tactfully—and see if they can shed any light on the situation. Do NOT harass them.

 

DON’T GIVE UP

 

Keep in mind just how much time has passed between your interview and where you are right now.

If it’s just been a few days…well, relax!

Who knows what’s going on at the company right now and how that might be affecting the hiring process.

Some companies have a policy of holding interviews to help build pools of potential candidates they can continue to hire from long after the interviews have concluded.

Don’t hold your breath…but it doesn’t hurt to hold out a bit of hope either.

 

ACTIVATE YOUR FOLLOW-UP ACTION PLAN

 

Remember how at the end of your interview you spoke with the hiring manager about the next steps and their hiring process?

Remember how you asked them when you should expect to hear from them?

If that date hasn’t passed yet, then settle down and keep waiting! If it has passed and you still haven’t heard from them then it’s perfectly acceptable to reach out yourself. Again, like we said with your network, this must be done tactfully!

All you want at this point is what the status of the job is. If it’s still open, let them know you’re still very interested and if there is anything further you can supply.

If it’s closed, accept that information gracefully and MOVE ON!

Send the company a final follow up Thank You letter expressing your appreciation for their time. Include in there your continued interest in the company should another opportunity arise.

 

DISTRACT YOURSELF

 

Everything above is great to do but you should also look at other ways to keep yourself busy.

Do you have a hobby? Are you a community volunteer?

Keeping yourself both physically and mentally busy is a great way to make sure you don’t obsess over what’s going on in your job search world. Making sure you have after interview plans will help that waiting time seem less stressful.

JEFF'S TIP:

Do you have a personal website? If you don't, why not? Not only can having a personal website get you more job interviews, but it also is a major asset to your job interview and follow up. Instead of sitting on your behind and doing nothing, you should use this time to get your own site up and running. It will be especially helpful to you if you don't end up getting this job. Mike and I wrote a three-part blog series about personal websites that includes how you can set yours up  in less than 15 minutes. You can read it here.

 

GET PHYSICAL

 

Exercise is important no matter what your job search status and when you’re waiting it’s another great way to keep your mind off of what’s going on.

Now that we’ve gone over the list of what you should be doing, let’s touch on what you should NOT be doing.

What NOT to Do When You’re Waiting For The Result of Your Interview

 

POUTING

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Like we said above, this isn’t about you. Shutting down and sitting around your house waiting for that all important

phone call isn’t the answer.

You don’t know if it’s actually ever going to come, so putting your entire job searching life on hold while you wait just doesn’t make sense.

 

OBSESSING

 

Again, this is NOT ABOUT YOU. Sitting around all day agonizing about what’s going on isn’t going to do anything but drive you crazy.

Yes, you absolutely SHOULD go over your interview in your mind and look at how you did so you can learn from it for future interviews.

What you SHOULDN’T DO is turn this waiting for a job offer time into an obsessive second-by-second blow-by-blow breakdown of everything you said, everything you did, everything you thought. Assuming it’s all about you is the last thing you want to do.

Remember, when you assume…you know the rest!

 

RELENTLESS FOLLOW UP

 

After an interview, do NOT be the interviewee who follows up every single day with the hiring manager or company.

One or two follow up queries (as outlined above) is fine, but the last thing you want to do is to become the person who calls so frequently that the entire hiring team learns your number by heart and ignores it when they see it pop up on the caller ID.

The same goes for email. Too many follow ups and you’ll see your letters get flagged as spam and never read.

 

STALKING

 

Similar to the relentless follow up, stalking is a huge NO-NO!

Do NOT go to the company and demand a meeting with the hiring manager and insist they tell you what’s going on.

You’re likely to go from Potential Hire to Potential Restraining Order, and trust us…that’s not going to get you the job you want.

 

GOING MIA

 

Yes, we said to distract yourself, but the last thing you want to do is go totally off the grid.