Receiving a call to attend an interview while you are on a jobhunt is one among the most fulfilling feelings ever. We are sure you can relate to this. Getting an interview call means that your profile is interesting and matches the current vacancy description within the organization. You will spend time and make efforts to prepare for the D-Day so that you outshine the other candidates. But what happens after the interview process is over and how do you deal with the 'waiting' period? This week, the Jobhunt team will walk you through the steps that you can take post-interview.
Send a thank you email
A thank you email to the other party shows your interest in working for the organisation and your appreciation on how the interview went on. In fact, it is important that you mention this aspect in your email. It is also an opportunity for you to reiterate the fact that how you feel you can undertake the responsibilities associated with the job. If the email is addressed to the interviewer in person, do not forget to thank him/her for their time and elements in the interview that positively striked you. A thank you email does not necessarily need to be fancy or boastful, just a quick statement of facts to show your interest towards the said vacancy.
Evaluate your interview performance
How did the interview go? This is a million dollar question! After the interview session you will have an overview of how the interview went personally. Did you manage to make an impact on the recruiter? Did stress overtake you at that point of time? Did you reply and showcase your skill set well? There are multiple criteria which will help you decide whether an interview went your way or not. You need to introspect and evaluate fairly on your performance.
Assess the work requirement/environment
An interview session, if done directly with the employer instead of a hiring agency, gives you an apercu of the work environment, your 'future' colleagues, the overall office vibes and most importantly the person you will be reporting to during your employment. The interview questions will also be geared towards the requirements of the job that will help you decipher the nature of the employment. If you feel that the job does not really correspond to your expectations, then you need to ask yourself 2 crucial questions: 1. Can I override my wants over the whole employment package and 2. Can I adapt to the environment? For example, if you see yourself doing the job but the work conditions are not convenient to you, would you still like to take the job? These essential questions will help you in picking up your career growth with the employer.
Most companies in Mauritius usually give you a timeframe within which you will be contacted to communicate whether you have been selected for the job or not. It might however happen that the interview process takes longer on the employer side or they might have put recruitment on hold. If not contacted within the said period of time, it would be wise to send a follow-up email. A follow-up email needs to contain your profile, the position you did the interview for and a polite question on the interview feedback. Allow at least 2-3 days for the employer to get back to you through email. You can also follow-up with a phone call if you don't get a response on the email.
Lack in skills
If you are job hunting, especially if you haven't been on the 'job market’ for quite some time, interviews are an important way to assess the current industry requirements. It is also important to do a frequent industry check to see employment which is in demand and relevant to stay up to date with the job market. For example, there might be elements which are not present in your skillset or for which you need accreditation to be eligible for selection. The feedback you get during the interview should be important to you to work on. For example, if you are in the Human Resources field and past interviews are asking you about your First-Aid accreditation which you don’t possess, it would be beneficial to consider getting one.
Sometimes it will happen that you get the 'feeling' that you will get the job but you are never selected. Hiring managers and executives have their own metric of recruiting an employee. Some employers value skills more than a can-do attitude, some need both or vice versa. If you receive an email for not being selected or a phone call, you still need to be polite and not react negatively to the situation.