Post Interview Masiello Employment (1)

It’s done. Finished. Complete. You had your onsite job interview. You probably stressed about it for a few days, and then – just like that –  it was over.

So now what?

1). Call your recruiter.

Strike while the iron is hot and call your recruiter as soon as humanly possible. Give feedback, your perception of the position and how you would fit in, and use the time to raise any questions you have or ask for clarifications. Make light of the positives as you saw them so the recruiter can leverage them in their conversations with the hiring managers. Remember, our recruiters want you to get the job as much as you do – they are there to help – so use them. They, in turn, will seek feedback from the client, reiterate your interest and your positive perceptions of the role and company, and try to get the precious personal feedback that every interviewee craves. Always keep in constant communication with your recruiter and let them drive for a second interview or an offer letter. It is what we do best.

2). Don’t trust your gut.

With most life choices, you can often rely on instinct to read a situation. Unfortunately, that is often not the case with interviewing. Even the most perceptive of people often fail to predict the outcome of an interview situation. Think you ‘nailed it?’ You probably didn’t. Completely flub up an answer and think you’re out of the picture? Don’t dwell, they may not have noticed.  After all, we are all human, and part of the assessment is to see how you handle stress and difficult situations. Some interviewers can also use their own anxiety to your disadvantage by coming across as overly friendly – dropping hints that you have the position in the bag because that is what you want to hear because it lightens up the tone of the conversation. After an interview, be neither overly positive or negative, try to be realistic, and let time work its magic. If you are rejected, which will most certainly happen to everyone from time to time, don’t take it personally. If you do get negative feedback – process it offline. Keep driving your job search and don’t get too caught up in self-assessment.

3). Send Thank-Yous

Whether it’s an email, a handwritten letter, or a Linkedin message – it doesn’t matter how you do it – just do it. Send a thank you communication promptly. If you have the direct contact information of those you met with, great. If not, send your thank-you letters to your recruiter who will get them into the proper hands. Let the folks that took time out of their day know that you appreciate the opportunity. And do it today, it takes but a few moments and procrastination is not an attractive option in hiring. Be sure to thank everyone who took time with you – don’t just thank the hiring manager. Often a hiring manager is influenced by the opinions of their direct reports, supplemental staff, HR, even the admin at the front desk. Be nice to everyone! Reiterate your strengths and what you can bring to the table and end with sincere thanks. No more than a handful of sentences – keep your tone confident, direct, and above all succinct. You just met after all, if your impression was good, a thank you will demonstrate courtesy and commitment and show that you heard their message. Nothing you can say in a thank you note is going to sway a hiring manager to one side or the other after a live conversation, so highlight the positives and avoid any negatives – if they did not think you were a fit their minds are already made up.

4). Wait.

Unfortunately, to Quote Tom Petty, “The Waiting is the Hardest Part.” This is perhaps the time where people feel most powerless because there isn’t much you can do. Remember, interviews come in ‘cycles,’ so many times all of them need to be completed before any actions (or even second interview requests are made). People go on vacation, budgets freeze up, and you are in many ways completely at the mercy of others. So here is what you do. Once a week send a note or call your recruiter to check in. That’s it. Don’t complain, don’t demand, don’t get angry, don’t make unsolicited communications, and (try not to) stress. Keep active interviewing with other companies, and ride the wave.

5). Don’t give up.

Stay the course. Be positive, be diligent, but do not focus your energies on the negative OR rest on your laurels and stop your search because you think you’ve got the job. With hiring, the job placement isn’t a done deal until the paychecks start flowing – anything can and does happen to stall the process – often out of nowhere and at the last minute. Keep active, keep interviewing, and stay positive. There is no better way to blow an interview than to talk negatively about a past or current employer, the job seeking process, the economy, or even yourself. Be upbeat, optimistic, and eager to learn more about each potential role.  Keep at it until you find the role that best suits you, not the first one offered. After all, nothing is better for negotiation than a competing offer letter, except for two offer letters!

And if the news is negative, which it inevitably will be from time to time, put your emotions in a box, ask for constructive feedback, and move on. Rejection sucks. There is no other way to say it. No one likes to hear they aren’t good enough, which will happen to 99% of the people who interview. Remember, only one person gets the job. Be aware that half the time, it’s not even about being good enough – it’s a complexity of variables you probably aren’t privy to from salary requirements to personality, even the perceived reputation of your last company. So even if the news is tragic, take a day to recover, then start fresh like it never even happened.

And remember, our team is here to help you get the job you deserve through every step of the process. However, it is also our job to find the best candidate for our client companies. Sometimes it is you – other times it isn’t. The process can be frustrating for all parties at times, but the goals for all are the same. You win some, you lose some, so be sure to put your emotions at bay and think logically, build and strengthen relationships, and establish your reputation as someone who companies (and recruiters) want to work with. It’s a small world in New Hampshire, and you never know what the next opportunity might look like, so be ready, and let your reputation precede you whenever possible.