As we mentioned in our previous post, the way you conduct yourself after an interview can be just as important as your interview itself. Here are some essential post-interview tips to boost your chances of receiving an offer.
Send a thank-you note
Send your interviewer a brief email thanking them for speaking with you. Do not wait a day to do this as waiting reflects poorly on you since an email only takes a few minutes; instead, send it in the evening on the same day as your interview. Reiterate your interest in the position, and offer to provide any additional information they may need to help assess your candidacy.
Keep expenses reasonable
Many employers will offer to reimburse you for travel expenses that you incur as a result of travelling to and from your interviews, especially if you are travelling from a different city. For example, this may include the cost of a flight each way. Do not expense other items - such as food or drinks - unless doing so is expected. Frugality is important in all companies, and trying to expense an unnecessarily large amount of money may hurt your candidacy.
Professionalism extends beyond the office, and it is best to be polite at all times. Even if your interview went poorly, you did not like the interviewer, or you have a better offer on hand, there is no reason to be rude or disrespectful to those at the company you interviewed at. Interviewers are aware that most applicants are interviewing for several jobs at a time, and you never know if your interviewer has connections that have a say in whether you get hired at other companies.
Don’t burn bridges
Sometimes your interviews will not result in job offers. However, this does not mean you will never interact with a given interviewer or employer again in the future. Do not disparage the job you were applying for or the company you interviewed at, complain about the process on social media, send nasty or vindictive emails to the interviewers or do anything else that may harm your chances of landing a job there in the future. You never know who is reading your comments and how far their networks extend, and you certainly do not want to develop a bad reputation.
With these points in mind, you should now be prepared to navigate the interview process from start to finish. Exciting! Over the past few weeks, we have received several questions about how to approach some of the hardest interview questions, so our next post will cover this topic in detail.
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