When you are trying to get a new job, the idea is to stand out more and look like a better selection than any of the other applicants. Your resume needs to be good enough to get you called in for an interview. During that interview, you need to make enough of a positive impression to be a leading choice for the job. Your self-confidence and commanding knowledge of the company and job position will work well with your personal skills and accomplishments in past work experiences.
A strong job interview will be the greatest tool you have in getting the job. The fact remains, however, that others may have given just as good of an interview as you have. Instead of leaving the final decision up to fate, take matters into your own hands and use these tips to get yourself closer to landing the job.
The Impression You Make Continues
As soon as the interview is over, you continue to have an opportunity to make a good impression. Shake hands and thank the interviewer for their time by using their name. This shows that you have a direct nature and that you are good with names. Indicate that you will be contacting them soon for a follow-up and that you continue to be extremely interested in getting this job.
Sending a thank you note is another important gesture that many people tend to overlook. In this thank you note, address the person who interviewed you by their name. In order to maintain the names and email addresses of your possible future employer, make sure that you ask for business cards when applicable. This can help immensely in knowing where to send your thank you letter. Besides thanking them for their time, use the space to once again affirm that you will be a good selection for the job by giving a very brief example of how your skills will fit into the picture. This can leave a lasting image on of the interviewer that should bode well for you as the decision is made.
Things You Should Not Do After an Interview
Even if you feel that your interview went very well, don't stop your job search. Sitting around and waiting for an offer means that you are wasting opportunities that could be grabbed with other hiring companies and you could end up missing an even greater position. At the same time, continue to show interest in the company that you interviewed with and follow up on the interview process that you went through. Don't do so in such a way, however, that you appear needy or desperate for the job. This just makes your self-image look pathetic and this will not work well in any team setting.
You should not feel upset or angry if you are not given a job offer after an interview. Instead, you should turn this into a positive experience by asking the interviewer for tips or opinions on what you could do to make yourself stand out more. This shows that interviewer that you respect them and this makes a positive impression for any future openings that may come along. It will also help you build and hone your interview skills in a way that should serve you well for all future interviews that you go for.