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What should I do immediately after the interview?

What To Do After The Job Interview

Rod Cornwell (International Director, Thomas International) gives expert video advice on: Is there anything I should do in the days after the interview?; I haven't heard about the job - should I call them?; Should I write a thank you letter or email to the interviewer? and more...

Is there anything I should do in the days after the interview?

If you're not in control of the interview process with the interviewer, at the end of the interview then you're going to spend a lot of time frustrated because you don't know what the next outcome is and you don't know when it's going to happen. The best thing you can do is agree to a timeline system: Will I hear from you in 24 hours, 48, 72, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, whatever. At least it stops some of the frustration and stops some of the nervousness and stops some of the corridor walking that you may have to do especially if you are on edge. So make sure that you are in control of that process. The biggest problem that you are going to face is if you don't control that process you'll get on the phone with the interviewer and you'll start hounding them for some kind of response. That's the worst thing you can do. You should have control before you've even left the building.

I haven't heard about the job - should I call them?

If you left the interview and they said to you, ok we'll call you within the next 72 hours to let you know whether you got the job or not or whatever the next stage is, if they don't do that, if they don't commit to what they said they were going to do, you have every right, if they miss that deadline, to give them a call about the job and say, "You promised to call me after 72 hours, can you tell me what's happening, please?"

I've been offered the job but no longer want it - what should I do?

If you're busy, and you're busy looking for a job, you may attend several interviews and you may get two job offers out of six. What a great position to be in! If you find that you get offered a job but you no longer want it because you're going for something else, just let them know. A phone call's quite nice; an e-mail's even better.

If I'm not offered the job can I change their minds?

You are unlikely to be able to change an employer's mind. Quite often employers will have very strict recruitment processes that they adhere to, and they have questions and processes that they go through, first or second or panel interviews to get to a logical decision in terms of whether they're going to hire you or not. If they don't, you have every right to turn around and ask why they chose not to employ you, but you probably won't be able to change their minds because most people have very thorough processes that they adhere to.

Should I write a thank you letter or email to the interviewer?

Once you've finished with the interview process, or interviews process, or panel (or whatever procedure you've been through), it's a nice touch to either send them a letter or drop them a quick email just saying, "Thank you so much for the opportunity of being considered for the role. I look forward to hearing from you by whatever date you've agreed for the decision to take place." I've had it before in the past, and I find it extremely professional.