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Via Forbes : Three Things To Avoid After A Job Interview

It’s not over till it’s over.

You made it through the interview, and now you can breathe again. That time spent preparing has paid off and an offer for a great opportunity is right around the corner. Now, you’re in the home stretch where it is important to finish strong.

As a career coach for many talented clients, I am always reiterating that the interview process is not over till the offer has been made.

I was working with a career coaching client named Janet. She was ready to break out the champagne after her interview, and rightfully so. Her effort was unmatched, all signs pointed to her dreams coming to fruition. Before we could even toast to a new life, Janet started to feel uneasy about the situation. She was projecting every bad scenario possible. That is when I reminded her of the first thing not to do after an interview.

1. Don’t over think.

Fighting the urge to replay every aspect of the interview back in your head is going to be a challenge. There is no need to sit there and dissect your interviewer’s body language or word choice, you did great. That friend who claims they heard back from an employer a few hours after the interview was in a fortunate position, the panic can wait – each hiring process is different. Try your best to relax. Accept that you did everything in your power to put your best foot forward.

It is easier said than done, I get it. With Janet, she wanted to do more to help her chances, but in all of the excitement it was easy to forget the basics.

2. Don’t forget to send a thank you note.

To be safe, you may want to have the thank you note drafted the day before the interview. Writing a thank you note can seem old fashioned, or even like a waste of time however it is proven that those who write them are more likely to get better results. Luckily there are great how to guides available on crafting the perfect follow up note. Utilize all of the resources available to ensure you are making the most of every opportunity. Following up with gratitude is a great way to demonstrate appreciation as well as interest while simultaneously gently reminding the reader of the great candidate they just met.

My career coaching client Janet worked hard to get the interview. As much as she wanted to rely on the power of positive thinking — I had to direct her towards the final thing not to do.

3. Don’t stop job hunting.

The only thing better than one job offer is two job offers.

When it comes to getting offers, you’re allowed to be greedy. This whole process is a chance to see what is available. By pursuing other leads you are going to gain new perspective and feel more confident once you accept an offer. It is not even about hedging your bets or not putting all of your eggs in one basket, it is more about opening every possible door so you are in the best possible position to succeed.

Needless to say, Janet got the offer. She accepted and now gets to come home from work every night feeling more fulfilled. For some it can feel like climbing a mountain to land an interview, for others the interview invitations will rival the amount of stars in the sky.

To get the best results it is imperative to remember that just because the interview is over — the work isn’t done.

via Inc Southeast Asia : Want to Get Hired? 8 Things Every Interviewer Is Thinking (That Most Job Candidates Never Consider)

Preparing for a job interview is relatively straightforward. You do some research on the company, maybe a little social research on the person conducting the interview, and you prepare yourself to answer the most likely interview questions. (Here are answers to some of the most common interview questions, as well as some unconventional interview questions leading entrepreneurs like to ask.)

But this is what most job candidates don’t do: They don’t put themselves in the interviewer’s shoes. After all, great salespeople don’t blindly sell a product; they address the customer’s needs.

So when you walk into the room for a job interview, what is the interviewer most likely to be thinking?

1. “I hope I like you”

Obvious, sure, but also critical. Everyone wants to work with people they like, and who like them in return.

So, interviewers want you to smile. They want you to make eye contact, sit forward in your chair, and be enthusiastic. The employer-employee relationship truly is a relationship — and that relationship starts with the interview (if not before).

A candidate who makes a great first impression and sparks a real connection instantly becomes a big fish in a very small short-list pond.

You may have solid qualifications, but if the interviewer doesn’t think she’ll enjoy working with you, she’s probably not going to hire you.

Life is too short.

2. “I hope you ask questions that are important to you…”

Interviewers want to determine whether you’re a good fit for the job, but just as importantly, they need you to make sure the job is a good fit for you.

So they want you to ask lots of questions: What you’re expected to accomplish in the first weeks, what attributes make the company’s top performers so outstanding, what you can do to truly drive results, how you will be evaluated — all the things that matter to you and to the business. (Here are seven smart questions great candidates can ask.)

You know what makes work meaningful and enjoyable to you. Interviewers don’t. There’s no other way to really know whether you want the job unless you ask questions.

3. “…But only if most of those questions relate to the job”

Everyone wants a positive work-life balance. Still, save all those questions about vacation sign-up policies, and whether it’s okay to take an extra half hour at lunch every day if you also stay a half hour late, or whether the company has considered setting up an in-house childcare facility because that would be awesome for you and your family…

First help the interviewer find out if you’re the right person for the job, and whether the tasks, responsibilities, duties, etc., are right for you.

Then you can talk about the rest.

Interview Question

4. “I hope you stand out…”

A sad truth of interviewing is that after many interviews I often didn’t recall, unless I referred to my notes, a significant amount about some of the candidates. (Unfair? Sure. Reality? Absolutely.)

The more people I interviewed for a job, and the more spread out those interviews happened to be, the more likely I was to remember a candidate by impressions rather than by a long list of facts.

So when I met with staff to discuss potential candidates, I might initially refer to someone as, “the guy with the handcuff-ready stainless steel briefcase,” or “the woman who does triathlons,” or “the guy who grew up in Romania.”

In short, interviewers may have remembered you by “hooks” — whether flattering or unflattering — so use that to your advantage. Your hook could be your clothing, or an outside interest, or an unusual fact about your upbringing or career.

Better yet, your hook could be the project you pulled off in half the expected time, or the huge sale you made.

Instead of letting interviewers choose, give them one or two notable ways to remember you.

5. “…But not in a bad way”

There’s no way interviewers can remember everything you say. But they will remember sound bites, especially negative ones.

Some candidates complain, without prompting, about their current employer, their co-workers, their customers.

So if, for example, you hate being micro-managed, instead say you’re eager to earn more responsibility and authority. The interviewer knows there are reasons you want a new job… but they want to hear why you want this job, instead of why you’re desperate to escape your old job.

And keep in mind, good interviewers are well aware an interview is like a first date. They know they’re getting the best possible version of you. So if you whine and complain and grumble now… they’ll assume you’ll be a total drag to be around in a few months.

Interview Question

6. “I hope you bring a ‘project'”

You’re expected to do a little research about the company. That’s not impressive; that’s a given.

To really impress the interviewer, tell how you will hit the ground running and contribute right away — the bigger the impact the better. If you bring a specific skill, show how that skill can be put to immediate use.

Remember how the company sees things: They have to pay you beginning with your first day, so they’d love to see an immediate return.

7. “I want you to ask for the job — but I also want to know why you want the job”

By the end of the interview you should have a good sense of whether you want the job. If you need more information, say so. Work to determine how you will get the information you need to make a decision.

If you don’t need more information, and you know you want the job… do what great salespeople do and ask for the job. Every interviewer I know likes when candidates like the job — as long as you explain why you want the job.

So explain why. Maybe you thrive in an unsupervised role, or you love working with multiple teams, or you like frequent travel. Ask for the job and prove, objectively, that the job is a great fit for you.

8. “I want you to follow up, especially in a genuine way”

Every interviewer appreciates a brief follow-up note. If nothing else, saying you enjoyed meeting and are happy to answer any other questions is a polite gesture.

But “polite” may not separate you from the pack.

What interviewers really like is when you follow up based on something you discussed. Maybe you talked about data collection techniques, so you send information about a set of tools you strongly recommend. Maybe you talked about quality, so you send a process checklist you developed that could be adapted for use in the interviewer’s company.

Or maybe you both like cycling, so you send a photo of you on your bike in front of the sign at the top of the Col du Tourmalet (and the interviewer is totally jealous).

The more closely you listen during the interview, the easier it is to think of ways to follow up in a natural and unforced way.

Remember, you’re hoping the interview is the start of a relationship — and even the most professional of relationships are based on genuine interactions.

via ForbesThe right way to follow up after a job interview

Your first assignment when you get home from a job interview is to grab a notepad and write down the story of the interview, from start to finish.

Keep writing and adding details to the story whenever you think of them, because you won’t remember the details for long.

interview notes

Your body is your most important guide. Capture your observations about how you felt at each point of the interview, things you saw or heard that startled you and any other reactions you can remember.

You can capture your interview notes in bullet form, like this:

  • Front-desk lady Annie, kind of mean
  • Lobby clean but harsh, antiseptic
  • Looks like they do a lot of hiring
  • HR guy Nate young, casual, didn’t have my resume
  • Manager Sue very sweet, talked about fast growth, how she got promoted, they need people who can write, do a little coding and manage social media

You can keep adding bullets as long as impressions of the interview keep flowing down. You may keep writing for several days as new impressions emerge.

You can capture your interview notes in paragraph form if you prefer.

Once you’ve finished your post-interview brain dump, your next assignment is to tell a friend about your interview.

Walk your friend through the whole story, leaving out no details.

Share your impressions of the people you met, the questions you were asked and the job you interviewed for.

Choose a down-to-earth, honest friend who will tell you when they hear something “off” or sketchy about the interview.

You need that kind of feedback! The Vortex is strong.

The Vortex is the pull or pressure you may feel to pursue any job opportunity that seems the least bit viable.

Any job opportunity can look like a life raft when you hate your current job or you’re unemployed. It looks like a life raft but if it’s the wrong job, it could be a boat anchor instead.

Job-seekers want a job fast, and that need gives the Vortex its power over them.

A wise and brutally honest friend can help you stay safely out of the Vortex. It won’t do you any good to get a job offer if you end up hating the job!

The next thing for you to do is to write and send a paper thank-you note to each person you met on your job interview.

You can pick up a packet of 10 or 12 notes for about seven dollars at any store that sells stationery. Choose simple fold-over note cards with a plain front or a design that appeals to you.

When you get home, compose a thank-you note to each person who interviewed you. If someone walked you from HR to the manager’s office and shook your hand, they don’t need a thank-you note.

Via Info World : You rocked the interview, but your work isn’t over yet. Here are five things you need to do after an interview to help close the deal

5 things you must do after a job interview

After a great interview, you’re bound to feel confident about the next steps. But just because the interview went well, doesn’t mean you should lose your job search momentum. “A lot can happen between an outstanding interview and a job offer,” says Peter K. Studner, author of Super Job Search IV: The Complete Manual for Job Seekers & Career Changers.

There are a lot of factors you can’t control, even if you rocked the interview. A company might interview internal candidates, who often trump external candidates. Or the company might wind up in a hiring freeze and decide to hold off on filling the role. The only aspect of the process you can control, is what you do in the time between the interview and the final offer.

We interviewed job search experts to glean these five things you should do after an interview.


Take notes on what worked and what didn’t work.

A great interview might tempt you to put your job search on a shelf and move on with your personal life. But Studner says you should take some time to write down what did, or did not, go well in your interview. Evaluating yourself after an interview — even a great one — can help you learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses.

For example, did you know enough about the company and what they do? Did you ask enough questions? Maybe next time you need to do more research on the business, or perhaps you were unprepared to ask the hiring manager more about the job. Any insights you can glean will only help you perfect your interview skills for the future.


Key in your references

When you’ve reached the point in an interview process when it’s time to supply your references, Studner suggests taking time to contact each person and discuss the position with them. At the very least, you can send them your resume and any key skills you have, so they can prepare to speak to the hiring manager. The last thing you want is for your references to be caught off guard and unaware by a hiring manager’s call.


Thank you notes

Sending a thank you note is one of the most important things you should do after your interview concludes. According to Erik Bowitz of Resume Genius, following up is “not an option; it’s an expected courtesy.”

You don’t need to pull out a formal thank you card; a simple email will suffice. Thank the hiring manager for their time and include something specific, so it doesn’t feel like a generic thank you note. Include any details that will reassure the hiring manager you were engaged in the interview and are enthusiastic about the position. “In addition to expressing your appreciation, you might include a follow-up thought based on a particular interview question,” says Studner. “And be sure to state that you look forward to the next step in the process.”

But how soon should you send a thank you note? John Turner, CEO of UsersThink, says you should send the note within 24 hours, but wait at least 1-2 hours until after the interview. “Even if they don’t hire you, it will help them remember you, and you never know when they might recommend you to someone else,” says John.


Engage the competition

Studner suggests investigating the hiring company’s competitors to see if they have any job openings. Even if they don’t have openings, try drafting up a cover letter and resume to send to the head of the department you would fit into best. “Your letter should not ask for a job, but should tell the reader about your key accomplishments and inform him or her of your availability,” says Studner.

The bottom line is that job seekers shouldn’t throw in the towel after one good interview. To ensure you land the best job you can get, it’s important to keep your momentum strong throughout the entire process. The search isn’t over until you’ve signed a contract. Studner suggests using networking to keep your job search going. If you find a job that you aren’t right for, he says to pass it along to someone in your network. Chances are, they’ll remember you helping them out, and will do the same for you down the line.


Don’t stop searching

Job searching can take up a good amount of your time, but a promising interview isn’t a reason to stop searching. Starting from scratch after a job falls through can be demotivating, but if you continue your search through the interview process, you will have a chance to line up other potential offers.

“Corporate shifts are often unexpected, and repercussions can shock even the most skilled employee. Remember that a career change is never truly finished until you are at your new desk,” says Jack Martin, CEO of Technology Jobs NYC.

Studner suggests using networking to keep your job search going. If you find a job that you aren’t right for, he says to pass it along to someone in your network. Chances are, they’ll remember you helping them out and will do the same for you down the line.

Post-interview anxiety – There is absolutely nothing wrong in being anxious. When faced with a problem or a situation, people experience anxiety. If you feel anxiety after your interview, this article is for you.

Via LinkedIn : It was by far the most bizarre situation that I’ve encountered in my career as a headhunter. After receiving positive feedback from an initial phone interview, one of my candidates was scheduled for three back-to-back in-person interviews with the organization’s top management team at the firm’s headquarters.

On the day of the meetings, the first interviewer quickly wrapped things up after fifteen minutes and excused himself, presumably to see if the next interviewer was ready.

“Presumably” is the operative word here.

That’s when the unexpected happened: The client’s recruitment coordinator entered the conference room where the candidate was patiently waiting and curtly stated that the other two interviewers were unavailable and they’d get back to him with next steps. Then he was asked to leave.

There were no next steps.

What could the candidate have done differently during the interview to avoid this treatment, not to mention the post-interview anger and resentment that he felt? For that matter, what about individuals that believe their interviews have gone well and are waiting anxiously to hear back from a potential employer?

Here’s a 6 step game plan to obtain real-time, accurate feedback during your interviews.

1. Probe for perceived gaps. Ask your interviewers whether they have any concerns about your ability to be successful in the particular role that you’re interviewing for.

2. If no major concerns are raised inquire about next steps: If true, you should state interest in the opportunity on the basis of what you’ve heard so far and mention that you’re curious as to whether they’ll be recommending that you move forward in the process.

3. Request that they rate you. Say this: “I realize that the issue at the moment isn’t whether you’re prepared to make me an offer on the spot right now. We both know that between now and the time that you receive a formal acceptance and start date from your candidate of choice that you’re going to do what you believe is in the best interests of your organization. That’s not the issue. The issue is, how close have I come in terms of addressing my relevancy for this position? Do you perceive my candidacy to be a strong fit for this particular position at your firm at this time, or would something need to change? On a scale of 1-10, 10 being that you’re absolutely delighted with the prospect of working together, and 1 being that you’re shocked that I’ve come this far in the process, where do I fall on your scale?”

4. Find out whether the interviewer will recommend that you move forward: If the interviewer places you high on the scale, ask: “Will you be recommending that we move forward in the process?”

5. Ask about their time frame: “Great! What’s the next step, and what’s your time frame?”

6. Ask every interviewer that you meet for their business card. You should exchange business cards if you have one. Before the end of each interview ask whether it would be all right for you to call/email/instant message if you have any questions.

If they say yes, this opens the door for a status update in the event that the firm doesn’t get back to you within their originally stated time frame.

As one of my candidates complained while waiting to be scheduled for a second on-site interview with a client: “Their silence is deafening!” If you conclude your interviews this way, you’ll be contributing to lowering the global post-interview anxiety rate.

Alan Geller, The Caring Recruiter, is the Managing Director of AG Barrington, a recruitment and placement firm focused on core. Core is anything that an organization does to create sustainable differentiation within its target niche in the service of competitive advantage.