Just finished an interview? Confident that you’ve got the job? It’s not over just yet!
Even a great interview can be undone by the actions you choose to take after. Here are 4 steps you can take to increase your chances of landing that dream job you’ve always wanted.
Follow up with a thank you email
After every interview both bad or good, it’s polite to show common courtesy by reaching out to every person you had the interview with, with a simple thank you email. By sending thank you emails it conveys a level of professionalism and attention to detail while demonstrating to your potential employer that you possess sound communication skills. This could be the deciding factor between yourself and another applicant.
Start your research
Think you’ve got the Job? Be proactive. Give yourself a leg up and begin researching for your new position. Go through the position description once again and delve into the roles and responsibilities that would be asked of you. Take the time to learn the role inside and out. Remember, first impressions are important but make sure your second and third are just as good. It may also be beneficial to research people in similar positions. This will give you some much needed insight into the role you have applied for.
Follow up, follow up, follow up!
Following up after a great interview is integral in ensuring that success translates into a potential job offer. This will not only portray your enthusiasm for the role but also keep your name and application fresh within the mind of your potential employer. Allow a bit of time before you follow up – a week is recommended – as you do not want to come across as pestering or being annoying! You want to make sure that you leave a lasting impression. Keep your follow up call or email polite and offer to send any additional information or documentation that may be needed.
Don’t stop your search!
Keep sending out applications! Even if you feel as if you’ve aced that interview, nothing is ever certain. Circumstances can change and staffing requirements frequently shift, especially within larger organisations. A position that was once there could have been filled internally or even eliminated completely. Continue to apply to other positions while waiting to hear back from your potential employer. This will definitely not hurt your chances and help you avoid putting all your eggs in one basket while ensuring job-search success!