Post Interview



So you have been interviewed by the company (or companies) and now you start to wonder what am I to do next? In this module we will look at what you should be doing next.

Making a thank you letter that helps you further your chances of getting selected.

After getting home from your job interview, don’t begin your thank-you note right away. Tell somebody about the interview, instead! Share as many details as you can remember. If you have a friend who’s likely to stop you in your story-telling to ask questions about the job interview, that’s a bonus!

Your friend’s job is to listen to your description of the interview and help you pick it apart. It’s very easy to come home from a job interview floating on a cloud. You don’t want to stay there — if there was anything weird or suspicious about the interview, it’s better to know that sooner rather than later.

Once you’ve told the interview story, you can start on your post-interview thank you note. I recommend that you thank every interviewer separately. Each one gets his or her own personalized written email message.

Do you know why you must include a mention of something specific that you and each interviewer (Jane, in our example) discussed? It’s because interviewers talk to a lot of job applicants. The job applicants run together in their minds. If you don’t remind Jane who you are, she could forget you. She may easily forget that she ever met you. How can you get hired when the interviewer doesn’t even remember your conversation?
People remember what they talked about more than they remember what you talked about, so be sure to mention something that the interviewer said to you in each of your thank-you notes.

Your email has two goals.The first one is the bring you back to mind for the interviewer. The second is to show that you’re polite and well brought up. You can wait a day or two before sending a longer email thank-you. This time you get to dig into the subject matter a little more deeply. You’re going to mention a topic that you and each interviewer spoke about, and you’re going to extend the thought.

You’re going to mention something that you didn’t share at the job interview — something to help the interviewer conclude “We really need to talk to this person again.” Here’s your email thank you note to Jane

Every interviewer gets his or her own custom-made email thank-you. That means you’ll need to collect (by taking notes) a few details about each individual person you meet on your interview visit straight after the interview.

Dear Jane,

Thanks for making time to chat with me about the Marketing Coordinator/Web content position at ABC Corporation yesterday, and thanks for your wonderful description of the consulting process. I’m excited to learn more.

All the best,

Dear Jane,

Thanks again for a great conversation last Thursday! It sounds like the new ABC Corporation consulting site has huge potential and also presents a host of new issues to be solved.

When we launched our first e-commerce site at Awesome Training, I negotiated deals with several thought leaders that let us save over $10K/month on training costs for our customers. I’m excited to continue the conversation and learn more about your plans over the next few weeks.

Yours Sincerely,

Haven't heard back yet? How can you follow up and probably affect the decision of hiring.

Before your interview ended, your interviewer should have informed you of the organisation's follow-up procedures — from whom (same person who interviewed you, someone else), by what means (phone, e-mail, etc.), and when you would hear again from the organisation. If the interviewer did not tell you, and you did not ask, use your follow-up/thank-you email to ask.

If more than a week has passed beyond the date when you were told you would hear something from the employer (and barring some major event in the news like a merger or acquisition or another event that would be taking employees' attention), call or e-mail to politely inquire about the status of the organisation's decision-making process.

Sometimes an unexpected circumstance may be holding up the process. A polite inquiry shows that you are still interested in the position and may prompt the employer to get on schedule with a response. In your inquiry, mention the following: name of the person who interviewed you, time and place of the interview, the position for which you applied and ask the status of your application.

Make sure your letter is polite and non-accusing. If you were presented by a recruitment company always liaise with the recruiter and NEVER call the company direct. This is a sure way to have your application withdrawn from the process and future recruitment opportunities.

Didn’t get the Job?
Some reasons why you
didn’t get it

If you don’t get a job don’t stress and obsess. We have seen so many candidates either get a terse, rejection-type email message or they don’t get any information at all. They only figure out that they didn’t get hired because they don’t hear anything from the employer as the weeks go by after their job interview.

That’s horrendous, but it’s a reality. Anyone who’s job-hunted lately knows that most medium-sized and large employers do not give a response, whether due to their volume of work or not having follow-up systems in place.

If you didn’t get a job you applied for or even interviewed for, it doesn’t mean you did a bad job at the interview and it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you or that someone else was better-suited to the job than you were.

Here are the 7 reasons that may explain why you didn’t let a job you applied for (before or after an interview), although you may be well-qualified for the position:

  • You unintentionally intimidated the Hiring Manager, who wondered “Would this person make me look bad if I hired him or her into the department?”

  • The Manager didn’t hire you because he or she could tell that you wouldn’t stick around long given the level of chaos and dysfunction in the department, division or organisation. 

  • The Manager didn’t hire you because a higher up Manager referred a different candidate into the recruiting pipeline, and the Hiring Manager figured she/he needed the political points that come from hiring an executive’s referral.

  • You didn’t get an interview because no one inside the company ever saw your online application.

  • You didn’t get hired because after you applied for the job (or even after you interviewed for it) the Hiring Manager actually thought about his or her need for the first time, and changed the job specs dramatically. 

  • They didn’t hire you and they didn’t hire anyone else, either. They posted the job ad to survey the market and get free consulting ideas from candidates. Watch for the same job ad to be posted again in about six months!

  • You lost out on the job because the CEO is on his way to being ousted by the Board of Directors and the company has stopped all hiring (they just didn’t tell anyone that).

Got a rejection letter - Now what?

Okay, so you’re feeling dejected but try to look on the positive side – you’ve gotten to know a hiring manager at another company and maybe even one of the recruiters. Don’t waste time getting angry or upset; instead, build on the relationships you’ve established to positively position yourself if another job becomes available.

Send the recruiter or hiring manager (if no recruiter was involved in the process) an email. Thank them for the notification email and ask if he/she would be willing to provide feedback. Let the person know that you’d like to understand, from their perspective, things you did well during the interview and areas (skills and experience) you could work on as part of your career development.

Reiterate your interest in working for the hiring manager or for finding a job at that company. If you were working with an HR recruiter, reiterate your interest in working at that company. Ask the recruiter to keep your resume on file and to let you know if any jobs become available where he/she believes you would be a good fit.

The key is to act as professionally as possible, so you won’t burn any bridges with your contacts because you never know when another job will open up that fits your background, skills and experience. The best thing you can do when you don’t get the job is to use it as a learning experience and gracefully move on to other opportunities.

Remember, how you handle yourself when you don’t get a job can often affect whether you obtain the next job at the Company or through the recruitment agency. Use every interview experience (even if it was bad) as a learning opportunity so you’ll be better prepared the next time you go on an interview.

Ways not to lose motivation and to

keep going.

1. Start thinking realistically!

Nothing makes you more unmotivated than feeling like a failure. So whether you’re currently in work and desperately searching for a new job or are unemployed and keen to get back on the career ladder then make sure your job search is realistic.


2. Reward time

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Fired off five Resumes this morning? Got a call back for an interview? Celebrate! If you’re short on cash then a reward can be something as little as heading out for a coffee, taking a walk in the sun in the park, anything that helps you relax and get your mind off the job search.

3. Keep it in perspective

Disheartened by all of the bad headlines? It’s important to remember that media love bad news – bad news sells after all. But there is good news out there for job seekers.

Skills gaps in certain industries like engineering and IT mean there are more jobs than candidates, green jobs are opening up new opportunities and there’s a current increase in freelancing and contract jobs.

4. Take some time off

Don’t wear yourself out, remember to maintain the balance between job hunting and enjoying your life. Take time out with family and friends and make sure you plan the best approach for looking for work. Nothing will sap your motivation quicker that working without a plan. Create realistic schedules with breaks – and stick to it!

5. Think positive

What’s the point, I’ll never get it? Why bother, there are too many people looking for work? What a waste of time applying for those jobs. These are all thoughts that naturally enter our minds when struggling to find a new job. You need to stop the voice in your head. It will only make you feel unmotivated and hinder your job hunt. Look at every knockback as practice, particularly true of interviews, and don’t let that voice in your head convince you that you can’t get ahead.

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