EPQ’s Interview Etiquette 101 - After the Interview
Phew! Your interview is done, you gave your best shot and you’re looking forward to feedback. While this is time to relax and reflect, there are also steps to take after an interview to make sure you’re leaving a lasting impression:
1. Send a thank you note
It’s always a good idea to send a follow-up email, thanking the recruiter for their time. Here is our super simple formula to a memorable thank you note:
“Dear (Name of Recipient),
Thank the interviewer for the opportunity to interview. Share what you enjoyed learning about and/ or discussing during the interview.
Relay the highlights of why your experience and skills make you a strong candidate for this role. Reassure your interest in the organisation.
Thank the interviewer again. Express your interest in hearing from them. Sincerely,
2. Follow up
If you don’t hear from the employer (in the specific time frame mentioned) you must follow up, professionally and only once.
Call or email the employer/human resources representative and politely enquire about when you’ll know the outcome.
It’s important that you only do this once, as it can become tedious and disadvantageous.
3. Evaluate your performance
Although we hope that this will be your last interview for a while, it’s good practise to go over any questions that stumped you, so you can be better prepared for the future.
4. Prepare yourself
You must prepare yourself for any outcome. If you receive the job, you must prepare a response and decide whether to take the position. And if you don’t receive an offer, you must prepare to ask for feedback and to not get disheartened. Keep in mind, most companies will not provide feedback, so receiving it is a luxury and something to build on. In essence, you must plan your reactions to both the outcomes you may receive.
5. Second Interview/Next Round
In some cases, there may be a number of rounds to complete before securing a position. So use this time to prepare for the next step of the recruitment process. If stated, remind yourself of the requirements of the next stage. It may be that it’s another interview with another member of staff, in that case, refer back to all stages of the interview etiquette:
EPQ’s Interview Etiquette 101 - Preparation
EPQ’s Interview Etiquette 101 - The day of
EPQ’s Interview Etiquette 101- During your Interview