Part 2 of 2

Landing the job entails more than submitting an application and going on the interview. What you do after the interview plays a role and, frankly, is an area many job seekers tend to find a bit confusing at times.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I covered tips for wrapping up an interview, including understanding a timeline for their next steps and a phone call follow-up strategy. I also covered thank-you notes.

Today, I’ll address a few more areas to help you make the most of your post-interview time.

#1. “Coach your references,” particularly when it’s a job you really care about. I realize you’ve already asked them to serve as a reference, yet your call to them now is to clue them in on how they can help you stand out. Let me explain.

During your interview, you’ve been told what’s important to the employer. Say, for example, it’s prospecting to find new customers. Or, perhaps it’s conflict resolution… or leadership… or whatever.

Knowing this, why not brief your references on those areas so they’ll have had time to think of specific examples of such things from their time spent with you? Wouldn’t that be better than having them possibly be caught off guard by a reference call out of the blue?

Your references are there to help you. Do your best to prepare them.

#2. Keep researching the company, especially if there will be another round of interviews. Any new intel you can gain might prove useful. Use LinkedIn to gather as much info as possible on the folks in your department as well as the senior management team.

Most job seekers only do research headed into the initial interview. Do what you can to gain an edge. Even if you don’t ultimately use the information during that second interview, it’ll be good to know if you get the offer and are deciding whether or not to accept it.

#3. Keep looking for other jobs. Logically, that makes plenty of sense. Nothing’s done until you show up on your first day. So why do I bring this up?

Well, humans are emotion-based and we justify decisions with logic. If it’s a job we really want, and the employer seemed to be genuinely interested, human nature kicks in and sometimes we’ll slack off the search as a result.

Think of this for a moment. Most good interviewers, regardless of whether or not they’re interested in hiring you, want you to feel as though you’re a solid candidate. They’re not going to tell you that you aren’t a fit or somehow make you feel bad. Even if they know they won’t hire you, they’ll still want you to have felt good about their organization. Call it public relations, if you want to.

Many times, clients have told me they were shocked they didn’t receive an offer. Their interview had gone so well, yet nothing. Putting all your eggs in one basket is a mistake, even when it’s a basket where you’d love the job and you’re convinced they’re excited about you. Don’t take that chance.

If you’re an area professional in the midst of a job search, our center’s services are free. Contact me at the address below. Good luck!

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Randy Wooden is a long-time Triad career consultant and Director of Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC’s Professional Center. You may reach him at rwooden@goodwillnwnc.org or at 336-464-0516.

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