After-interview Etiquette

When it comes to job interviews, the old saying “it ain’t over till it’s over” surely applies. Presenting well and impressing the interviewer does not guarantee you the job. In fact, how you behave after the interview could have just as much impact on your job prospects as how you behaved during the interview!

In this incredibly fast-paced information age that we live in, it is imperative to behave in a circumspect and respectful manner when it comes to all professional matters. Nobody lives in a vacuum and you can rest assured that any public comments you make in relation to your interview stands a pretty good chance of getting back to the interviewer. There are some obvious rules to follow here:

  • Keep your social media comments in relation to the interview process and your job prospects to the bare minimum. That means zero comments on Facebook, Twitter or any other public channel that you may use.
  • Similarly, if you move or work within professional circles that relate to the job, you will do yourself no favours by either complaining about the interview process or boasting about how you nailed the interview. Nobody likes a whiner. Everybody dislikes a bragger. Maintain a professional stance that will do you justice.
  • It is not a good idea to add your interviewer on social media – even on professional networks like LinkedIn. It can appear presumptuous and may annoy the interviewer. 

While these may appear to be fairly obvious, there are some other, less obvious actions that can have a big impact upon interviewers – some positive, most negative. These include:

  • Sending a thank you note – Just a short note some twenty fours after the interview thanking the interviewer for the opportunity. It presents you as a professional, with genuine interest in the job and an eye for detail. Don’t over sell it; just a thank you is fine.
  • Don’t harass the interviewer – Bugging him or her with constant follow-ups wanting to know the outcome of the interview is an interview death knell. They know who are. They know what you offer. They have a job to do. Let them do it.
  • Don’t try to be their pal – Sometimes the interview can go particularly well and may even stray down some mutual lines of interest. That doesn’t mean the interviewer wants emails or text messages from you, giving updates on a particular subject. They will make a decision on your merits for the job based upon your suitability for the job. Distracting them with irrelevant messages is more likely to demonstrate your unsuitability for the job.
  • Don’t assume that you have the job – You may feel you presented really well, but you don’t know who else presented well. You have no reason to contact the interviewer to discuss how you will do the job until you are appointed. Acting as though you already have the job does not reflect well. You run the risk of being seen as cocky and arrogant.

After interview etiquette really can make all the difference. The key words for you to follow should be restraint and respect.  

The CFS Team
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