Congratulations! You had the job interview. So, what’s next? Now that you have completed the interview round of job searching, you will dive into the waiting period. Although the waiting period may take the longest time, there are a variety of ways you can stay productive.

One of the questions often asked is, “What should I do now?” and most of the time people do not realize the importance of post-interview protocols. It is safe to state that the action-steps taken after an interview are the most integral part of the entire process.

Here are smart ways to mentally and physically prepare you for the waiting game.

Ask questions: who, when and how?

We suggest that you ask the interviewers or recruiter what the timeline is with making the hiring decision. Also, check to see who to follow up with, the date of when you should follow up and how they preferred to be contacted – e-mail or phone call.

Gather contact information

Ensure that you have the interviewers’ business cards. However, if you didn’t have the opportunity to collect said business cards, you can also ask the receptionist or point-of-contact the email addresses, phone numbers and names of the individuals you had a chance to meet with.

Write a personalized and thoughtful thank you card or e-mail

If you happen to still be in the waiting area or the same vicinity as the individuals who interviewed you, you can leave the physical ‘thank you’ card(s) with the receptionist or assistant. If this is not an option, you can send an e-mail.

In the email, add a recap of some highlights from the interview that you can remember. Remind them your strengths which make you well-suited for the position. The little details go a long way. Hiring managers will remember you for the effort over someone who did not bother to send anything.

 

Send requests and include a message via LinkedIn

Similar to sending a personalized thank you, another tool to use in order to reiterate the level of your interest in the job and the company is by connecting with the interviewers via LinkedIn. Your determination will show and the effort counts. Be consistent.

If this is new territory for you, don’t be alarmed. Job searching can cause unexpected anxieties. We offer advice and tips on how to make this time go by quicker. Who knows, the wait may be worth it.