Everything you should do in the minutes, hours, days, and weeks following a job interview

We already know that the 15 minutes before a job interview can be crucial, and there’s a lot we should and shouldn’t do during the interview to make the best impression.

But what exactly should you be doing during those moments after a job interview, after you’ve breathed your sigh of relief?

“How you handle the post-interview process is just as important as how you performed during the actual interview,” says Amanda Augustine, a career-advice expert for TopResume.

“I know clients who point-blank were told they didn’t get the job because they didn’t follow up after the interview,” she says. “Don’t be that person!”

Here are 14 things you should do after a job interview to close the deal:

1. Ask how you should follow up

1. Ask how you should follow up

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Before you head out the door, Augustine suggests asking your interviewers or the recruiter in charge of filling the open position two important pieces of information:

• What is the hiring manager’s timeline for making a decision?

• Whom should you follow up with, when should you do so, and how?

2. Get your interviewers’ contact information

Before you leave the building, you should also make sure you’ve gathered your interviewers’ business cards, Augustine says. If not, ask the receptionist or your point of contact for the names and email addresses of everyone you met with.

3. Get some distance

Before you reflect on your performance, get out of the building and walk for a few blocks so you can get some emotional distance and so that there’s no chance of bumping into the interviewer, suggests Vicky Oliver, the author of “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions ” and”301 Smart Answers to Tough Etiquette Questions.”

4. Analyze how you did

Once you’ve got a little distance, it’s important to review every detail of the interview, Rosemary Haefner, chief human-resources officer for CareerBuilder, tells Business Insider. Ask yourself, “What did I say well and how did the interviewer react?” “Was there something I didn’t provide a strong answer for that I should clarify?”

5. And how you felt about the company

Haefner also suggests taking note of anything the interviewer said or did that may have rubbed you the wrong way. This could help you determine if the position or company are the right fit for you.

Amy Glaser, senior vice president of Adecco Staffing USA, suggests asking yourself, “Is this company a good fit for me?” “Can I see myself growing there?” “Will I mesh with the company culture?”

“Naturally, you want to impress a potential employer during an interview, but afterwards, the ball is back in your court as you decide whether that company aligns with your career goals,” she tells Business Insider. “It’s better to tell a potential employer that you have different interests than to take up more time during a second interview or to take a job that isn’t fulfilling and resign soon after.”

6. Write it all down

Get all of your thoughts down in writing, especially if you didn’t take notes in the interview, Haefner suggests. “It’s important to have this to go back and review as you continue on your job search,” she says.

7. Ask your recruiter to follow up

7. Ask your recruiter to follow up

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If you worked with a recruiter or headhunter, Oliver suggests asking them to follow up with your interviewer that day for feedback.

8. Write a fantastic thank you email

You should send a thank you note by email on the same day if you interview in the morning and by the next morning if you interview in the afternoon, says J.T. O’Donnell, the founder of career-advice site CAREEREALISM.com and author of “Careerealism: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career.”

Some keys to writing a thank you note that gets you the job include recapping some of the things you feel are your strengths for the job at hand and taking the time to address any awkward moments during the interview or questions you couldn’t fully answer at the time, Oliver says.

Haefner calls this step in the interview process “crucial.”

“A quick thank you is expected by most hiring managers,” she says. “Chances are you won’t win the job based solely on sending a thank you note, but you will stick out like a sore thumb for not sending one. Don’t be that person.”

9. Personalize your thank you email for each person you meet

O’Donnell notes it’s important to send a separate, personalized email to each person you meet. “They will forward them to each other, so it’s important no two emails are the same,” she says.

10. Consider how to send your note

10. Consider how to send your note

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Augustine’s rules of thumb about how to send a thank you note are:

• If you had an initial phone-screen interview, an email will suffice.

• If you interviewed face-to-face at a more traditional organization, consider sending a thank-you card by mail in addition to an email. “Not only will it catch their attention, but it will keep your candidacy top-of-mind, especially since the card will arrive a few days after your initial email,” Augustine says.

• If you’re interviewing with a high-tech company, only send an email, since sending a note by mail may make you look like a culture misfit.

11. Send a tailored LinkedIn connection request

Augustine suggests sending a LinkedIn connection request a day or two after you email your thank you note. Your personal message must be 300 characters or less, so it should concisely express your gratitude for your interviewer’s time and your interest in the role.

For example:

“It was a pleasure meeting you and learning more about your responsibilities at [COMPANY] and the marketing manager position.

“I’m very interested in joining your team. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, should you have any questions. In the meantime, I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network.

“Best,

“[Name]”

12. Keep up the search

Even if you “killed it” in the interview, Haefner says not to quit the job search.

“Nothing is guaranteed in an interview unless they made you an offer on the spot,” she says.

“If that interview went well, and you think you’d fit in well with that particular company, look at their competitors in the area and see if they’re hiring,” she suggests.

13. Pace Your Subsequent Follow-ups

13. Pace your subsequent follow-ups

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You should pace your follow-ups with the timeline you asked for after your interview.

If your potential employer never provided you with specific information about following up, a good rule of thumb is to follow up approximately one week after you send your thank-you note, Augustine says. If you were told expressly it was OK to follow up with the hiring manager directly, do this once a week for no more than five weeks.

“Remember, there’s a fine line between being enthusiastic and annoying, so proceed with caution. The last thing you want to do is appear confrontational or desperate,” Augustine says.

When speaking with the recruiter or hiring manager on the phone, she suggests asking the following questions:

• Where are you in the hiring process?

• How do you see me stacking up against the other candidates?

• Can you think of any reason why you would be reluctant to hire me versus one of the other candidates?

14. If you don’t get the job, thank your interviewers for their time and consideration

As Business Insider previously reported, it’s always a good idea to follow up after hearing you didn’t get the job with a cordial “thank you anyway” email.

Remember to start by thanking your interviewers for their time and consideration. Then you can ask if they might share any feedback and consider you for any future positions at the company you might be a fit for.

Surprising Job Search Facts and Funny HR Statistics [Infographic]

A simple Google search offers up a wealth interesting stories, job search facts, and statistics from HR (Human Resources) professionals… all of which may be helpful in preparing for your job search.  While often humorous, they can be useful tools in molding your interaction with the people who will ultimately decide if you’re hired.

HR professionals love to tell stories about that candidate who ate all of the candy in the bowl during the interview. Or the resume that included a childhood lemonade stand as a business experience. Terrible interviews, ridiculous resumes… HR pros have seen it all. And many are not averse to sharing their experiences.

Perhaps the most useful feedback from HR professionals comes in the form of statistics.  In this infographic from Insider Hub, we share with you some fun and interesting statistics that can tell what to do, and what not to do, when you’re looking for next job.

Enjoy the read, and let their experiences inform you actions!

funny hr stats and job search facts

by YouTern

Source: http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2016/06/10/job-search-facts-funny-hr/?platform=hootsuite

 

30 Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer During a Job Interview

Interview prep 101 dictates that you should have your elevator pitch ready, a few stories polished, and a good sense of what you have to offer. So, how do you get there? Lots of practice, ideally aloud.

To help you better prepare for your next interview, here are 30 behavioral interview questions sorted by topic (in addition to 31 common interview questionshere) that you can practice.

Not sure how to answer these questions? Here’s a quick guide on how to craft job-landing responses.

Teamwork

For questions like these, you want a story that illustrates your ability to work with others under challenging circumstances. Think team conflict, difficult project constraints, or clashing personalities.

  1. Talk about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours.
  2. Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?
  3. Describe a time when you struggled to build a relationship with someone important. How did you eventually overcome that?
  4. We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
  5. Tell me about a time you needed to get information from someone who wasn’t very responsive. What did you do?

Client-Facing Skills

If the role you’re interviewing for works with clients, definitely be ready for one of these. Find an example of a time where you successfully represented your company or team and delivered exceptional customer service.

  1. Describe a time when it was especially important to make a good impression on a client. How did you go about doing so?
  2. Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a client’s expectation. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?
  3. Tell me about a time when you made sure a customer was pleased with your service.
  4. Describe a time when you had to interact with a difficult client. What was the situation, and how did you handle it?
  5. When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritizing your customers’ needs?

Ability to Adapt

Times of turmoil are finally good for something! Think of a recent work crisis you successfully navigated. Even if your navigation didn’t feel successful at the time, find a lesson or silver lining you took from the situation.

  1. Tell me about a time you were under a lot of pressure. What was going on, and how did you get through it?
  2. Describe a time when your team or company was undergoing some change. How did that impact you, and how did you adapt?
  3. Tell me about the first job you’ve ever had. What did you do to learn the ropes?
  4. Give me an example of a time when you had to think on your feet in order to delicately extricate yourself from a difficult or awkward situation.
  5. Tell me about a time you failed. How did you deal with this situation?

Time Management Skills

In other words, get ready to talk about a time you juggled multiple responsibilities, organized it all (perfectly), and completed everything before the deadline.

  1. Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities.
  2. Describe a long-term project that you managed. How did you keep everything moving along in a timely manner?
  3. Sometimes it’s just not possible to get everything on your to-do list done. Tell me about a time your responsibilities got a little overwhelming. What did you do?
  4. Tell me about a time you set a goal for yourself. How did you go about ensuring that you would meet your objective?
  5. Give me an example of a time you managed numerous responsibilities. How did you handle that?

Communication Skills

You probably won’t have any trouble thinking of a story for communication questions, since it’s not only part of most jobs; it’s part of everyday life. However, the thing to remember here is to also talk about your thought process or preparation.

  1. Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
  2. Describe a time when you were the resident technical expert. What did you do to make sure everyone was able to understand you?
  3. Tell me about a time when you had to rely on written communication to get your ideas across to your team.
  4. Give me an example of a time when you had to explain something fairly complex to a frustrated client. How did you handle this delicate situation?
  5. Tell me about a successful presentation you gave and why you think it was a hit.

Motivation and Values

A lot of seemingly random interview questions are actually attempts to learn more about what motivates you. Your response would ideally address this directly even if the question wasn’t explicit about it.

  1. Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.
  2. Describe a time when you saw some problem and took the initiative to correct it rather than waiting for someone else to do it.
  3. Tell me about a time when you worked under close supervision or extremely loose supervision. How did you handle that?
  4. Give me an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
  5. Tell me about a time you were dissatisfied in your work. What could have been done to make it better?

by Lily Zhang / The Muse

Source: http://time.com/4175959/interview-questions/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook

Tell Me about Yourself: Setting the Tone for the Interview

You’re nervous.

You are huddled in your apartment waiting for the phone to ring and are mentally running through the checklist of questions you think you might be asked during the interview.  Once the phone rings and you exchange pleasantries, it begins.

“Tell me about yourself and your interest in this position,” says the employer.

Inwardly you groan. This is it. This is the question that everyone dreads, because it is seemingly impossible to answer without sounding like a used car salesperson or a live interpretation of your resume.

Flip the script on the question; it isn’t intended to be an obstacle. Rather, this question is a gate opening on the express lanes of employment. It is your time to shine and stand out from the crowd of other candidates. It sets the tone for the rest of the interview.

Don’t Regurgitate Your Resume

The employer has already seen your resume. That’s how you got here. Resumes get you interviews, but you will need to get yourself the job. Because you’re in a job interview, it’s easy to fall into the trap of talking about your professional accomplishments and goals. The employer has already seen the list of what you’ve done; this is your opportunity to show them who you are.

Use a Formula to Answer the Question

Experts recommend using a formula to answer the question: Past-Present-Future

Give a little information about your past experience, share what you are currently doing that is innovative or relevant to the position for which you are interviewing, and then go on to explain why you are excited about the opportunity for which you are interviewing.

An example of this formula in action may sound like, “I did my undergraduate work at Old University, where I majored in rhetoric and philosophy. I’m currently a graduate student at New University with an assistantship in conduct and community standards. I’m excited about the opportunity at This University because it combines my interest in Title IX with my current experience in conduct.”

Relax and Give Anecdotes

It’s acceptable – and welcomed – to personalize your answer and show off your personality here. Add in details about who you are outside of the office. While it may feel unnatural at first, it gives employers a sense of who you are or what you value. This doesn’t mean rattling off a list of your obscure hobbies or monopolizing the interview time with excessive detail about your personal history. Consider including a mention of the project of which you are most proud or a very brief overview of an initiative you planned from start to finish. This leaves the employer with something memorable about you, making you stand out from other candidates with similar backgrounds or experience.

Match Your Answer to the Mission

Before you ever get to the interview, you have researched the mission and goals of the department with which you are interviewing. Tying your answer back to what you learned highlights the excellent research that you did and demonstrates your understanding of the direction of the department. A good example is drawing a parallel between your experience and an initiative of the office or department. For example, you might mention your previous experience as the graduate hall director of a living learning program and that you saw on the office’s website the creation of two new living learning programs for the upcoming fall. Be strategic.

Practice Your Answer

You will be asked this question in job interviews for the rest of your working career. Having a script that you can practice so your answer feels natural will help you start interviews on the right foot. You will feel more confident and secure. Tailor your answer to the position and the interview, of course; rehearsing prepares you for the question and allows you to organize your thoughts.

Answering the “tell me about yourself” question should be a confidence-building moment in your interview. Feel good about what you’ve accomplished and your ability to articulate it to an employer. You are in control of the tone of the interview. Show off your personality and personal accomplishments in the context of the position description.

by Stacy Oliver-Sikorski


Stacy Oliver-Sikorski is the associate director of residence life for student success at Lake Forest College. She has more than a decade of experience in student affairs, primarily in housing, residence life, and student conduct. Stacy has served in leadership roles within ACUHO-I and GLACUHO, and is a prolific writer in the field. You can connect with Stacy on Twitter at @StacyLOliver or via her blog at http://stacyloliver.com.