You had the job interview, now what.
You come out of the interview feeling confident, yet nervous. Then a string of other emotions follows – an emotional rollercoaster is fairly normal.
The Waiting Game
You shouldn’t drive yourself nuts while waiting to hear back about the job. Sara McCord, a freelance writer and editor, wrote in The Muse, “Your personal timeline will depend on your circumstances, but if I make it to the final round for any given job, I give myself one week when I’m allowed to think about it non-stop. For an entire week, I don’t apply to other jobs (assuming I don’t have anything else in the works), almost as a show of confidence in myself,” she writes. “For the skeptics who think this means I’ll miss my chance elsewhere, the second part of the one-week rule is that, after a week, I go back to job-hunting business as usual, and pick up right where I left off.”
Social Media Cliff
Once you contact the interviewer through social media, you can’t go back.
Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone, formerly of Whelan Stone Executive Search, wrote in Monster that you shouldn’t “friend the interviewer on Facebook.”
“Trying to connect with an interviewer on Facebook crosses a boundary that should not be broached. It tells the interviewer you don’t know how to draw the line between employer and employee, and you would likely have difficulty with that distinction if you were hired for the job,” they write.
Quality Staying Power
“Letting the quality slip after the interview” can be detrimental. Caroline Ceniza-Levine, co-founder of SixFigureStart®, continues in Money, “How you follow up after an interview is just as important as the interview, sometimes even more important, because it’s the most recent impression of you. One candidate for a business development role had multiple typos in his thank you note. He was incredibly polished for the live meeting but sloppy in the follow-up, and it caused the hiring group to question his attention to detail. Don’t drop the ball at the very end.”
Ceniza-Levine follows, “In my 20 years of recruiting, I’ve seen many candidates get closed out for one job only to get called in for something else by the same company or by the same person (who now is at a different company but remembers them fondly). Keep your quality high at every interaction.”
A Quick Thank You Goes a Long Way
Kelly Marinelli, principal people strategy consultant at Solve HR, revealed to U.S. News & World Report how to handle a “thank you” response.
“Some people like to do it in writing, but with how quickly things move, I always advise an email right away the next day. … By waiting a few days or a week, you’ve really lost your opportunity at that point to make a great impression.”