After days of preparation, practicing answering all possible questions, and a few nervous handshakes, it’s over. The questions were asked. Replies given. Smiles replaced – there’s nothing else you can do. But are you sure?
The way you communicate after the conversation is over can be almost as important as the conversation itself. Below are some behaviors that should become a habit for us during and after recruitment meetings.
1. “Thank you for the interview”
Why, you thanked the interlocutor after the end of the meeting …? Sending a short e-mail thanking us for the time devoted to us, ensuring that after the meeting we are still interested in the position we are applying for, and greeting the interlocutor, it costs nothing, and presents us from the best side. This will be remembered especially positively if other candidates have not shown initiative to thank for the meeting.
2. Follow-up, or remind yourself
This English phrase can be loosely translated as “continuation” or “pursuit”. The idea is to contact the person responsible for the recruitment again and “remind” oneself, and also without obligation to ask about the current status of the recruitment. It is rare for us to receive detailed feedback after every conversation we have. Regardless of the reasons why you did not receive it, the initiative can come from your side! If during the interview you asked about the planned date of moving to the next stage with selected candidates, you will know when to send an email. If you have not asked about this, it may be a good opportunity to remind yourself and ask when you should expect further information. Even if you are not the one who gets the job you are applying for, a follow-up can prove very useful for future recruitments. Ask about your strengths and weaknesses – based on the answers you will be able to make a better impression in the future.
3. Ask for feedback, i.e. opinion and comment after the interview
Asking about comments, impressions, opinions about us and how we fared during the meeting is probably the most important element of the post-recruitment process. You may be a great candidate, but one element has ruined your chances. If you do not ask for comments, you will never be aware of this error. If you know him, you will avoid him during other conversations.
4. Think positive
Finding a job is not an easy job. No matter how good your answers are, and no matter how good you think you did, being a rejected candidate is never fun. There are many more talks ahead of you – some of them probably for positions that are better suited to you – also keep your head up and don’t lose your confidence. If you received feedback with comments on unsuccessful recruitment, think about what you can change in the future. This will increase your chances of success with the next attempt.
5. Be persistent
Regardless of how you do, don’t give up. One of the features common to every person who passed the recruitment process positively and received their dream job is persistence in pursuing the goal. Perhaps this particular company did not choose you for the position of accountant, but the next company will not want anyone else but you. You don’t know who your competitors were – perhaps the person who was hired instead of you actually fits the company’s culture better. Somewhere there is a company whose culture you will be better suited than anyone else. Don’t give up and keep looking for new job offers!