Three Things To Avoid After A Job Interview
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.
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