Even if you think your interview went well, don’t expect the phone to ring at any moment with a job offer. After the interview, most candidates are overwhelmed by the stress of waiting and by doubts about how to behave with the recruiter.
They ask themselves: “Why hasn’t the recruiter contacted me yet?”, “Did I say or do something wrong?” “What should I do now?” “Is it better to wait for the recruiter or should I contact him/her?”.
This is completely normal, something that happens to everyone, and you need to be ready to face it too. The positive side is that there are several strategies for managing waiting in the right way and without being overwhelmed by anxiety and discouragement.
Below you will find what to do after the interview and how to deal with the recruiter. Finally, you will also see the mistakes you shouldn’t make at this stage.
How to behave after the interview
Evaluate the interview
If you haven’t done so yet, I recommend that you give a small summary of your job interview. In this, you will have to write down the questions the interviewer asked you and the answers you gave.
Doing this helps you remember what information you gave the recruiter and if you had the opportunity to meet him again, you would be able to be consistent with what you said earlier.
Writing down these notes also allows you to assess whether you have forgotten to mention certain facts or details from your professional history that are very important. That way, if you get a second interview, you’ll know exactly which topics to talk about.
Also, you could give this information in the follow-up email to the recruiter, asking for updates on the selection. We see it in the next point.
Finally, this exercise allows you to identify what the weaknesses in your presentation were so that you can correct them and improve your communication for your next interview.
Contact the recruiter
At the end of the interview, I imagine you asked what the next selection steps would be and the timing. If you haven’t, remember to always do this in your next interviews – not only does this communicate interest on your part in the position, but it also helps you know what to expect and thus better manage the stress of waiting.
If the recruiter told you when they would contact you and the deadline hasn’t expired yet, then please continue to wait patiently.
Conversely, if the recruiter hasn’t given you information on the timing or the date they have communicated to you has already passed, then it’s perfectly acceptable for you to get in touch with them. In any case, wait about a week after taking the interview.
Contact the recruiter strategically:
- email to the person you interviewed with;
- ask for updates on the status of the selection;
- states that you are genuinely interested in the position and willing to provide further information if necessary;
- possibly include details you forgot to mention during the interview and attach project documents or other work;
- conclude the email by thanking you for the opportunity and your attention
The phone call to the recruiter is not always appreciated, so I advise you to send an email that takes less time for the recruiter and allows you to add the information you want to specify.
After that, you will have to wait for a response. To learn more about how to structure the follow-up email and manage the silence of the recruiter, continue reading here.
Contact your references
Your references are extremely important when it comes to finding a new job. If there are people in your professional sphere willing to support you in the selection, contact them (if you have not already done so) so that they do not receive a “cold” call from the recruiter, without knowing the reason for this.
You can send them an email or call them directly, to let them know about your job opportunities and let them know that the recruiter may get in touch with them to receive information about you.
Doing this job can help you increase your chances of being hired for several reasons. The recruiter is pleased to see that a candidate is supported by the people they have worked with, also, your contact person may know or be in contact with a person who works in the company and therefore put in a good word for you.
People usually like to be helpful, but don’t forget to show appreciation for their help and update them on the matter of your selection or search.
Even if you feel like you’ve had the job interview of your life, don’t stop by pausing everything for a response from the recruiter.
Continue your job search and keep holding new interviews. This will allow you not only to reduce frustration and find a distraction, but it will also give you a chance to find out what other career opportunities are there for you.
You may find that there is actually a better workplace that offers greater benefits, and you enjoy yourself more. Or it could be an opportunity for you to practice having several interviews and have the security of a plan B in case the recruiter contacts you to have a second interview.
Evaluate several reasons for the recruiter’s silence
The first thing you need to do to make your waiting more peaceful is not to take the recruiter’s silence personally.
Don’t think you’re the problem and don’t think you’re not a good candidate. There are thousands of reasons why the recruiter chooses one candidate over another, and that doesn’t mean the unsuccessful candidate is a clueless person.
However, there may be other reasons why the recruiter still hasn’t contacted you. Before you fret over his silence, consider the possible reasons:
- It hasn’t been long since the interview: even though five days may seem like a long time to you, for a busy recruiter it’s an instant. Remember that the recruiter is still doing interviews, has to take care of other responsibilities and even has a life.
- The business must go on: selection or not, the company must go on and even if, for you, selection is a priority, for the company there may be other more urgent situations than to take care of.
- You are not the only candidate: you might be the perfect candidate, but that doesn’t mean that the interviews stop once the recruiter has met you, the interviews will continue to allow the recruiter to really make the right choice.
- Selection is a group decision: many times the recruiter conducts interviews, but the more important decisions are made by other people, and the more people are involved the more time inevitably gets longer.
These are some of the possible reasons why the recruiter has not contacted you yet. While it’s hard to think rationally when you’re loaded with tension, try to think realistically while waiting for feedback.
Mistakes to avoid after the job interview
Jumping to conclusions
After the interview, you can take stock and get an idea of how it went, and if you think you made a good impression. However, what you must not do is obsess over thinking about the things you did not do correctly and believing that they will compromise the outcome of the interview.
Jumping to conclusions and speculating on the outcome of the interview is completely pointless: you can’t know exactly what the recruiter found right or wrong with you as a candidate. So, obsessing over the things that, in your opinion, didn’t make you shine during the interview will be completely ineffective.
Constantly asking for updates
The tension you feel about the interview shouldn’t lead you to email the recruiter every day to receive updates on the selection.
One or two follow-up emails are acceptable, but the last thing you want to do is become the desperate candidate who contacts the recruiter every day for updates. This attitude would only push you out of the selection.
Stalking the company
Similar to the previous point, another thing you don’t have to do is stalking the company. Don’t show up at the company asking for a meeting with the recruiter or the person you interviewed with.
You don’t have to turn out to be a desperate candidate or scare the people conducting the selection. Remember that professionalism is the basis of the employment relationship.