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Job Interview Is Over – What Next?

Verna Austria 16.08.2012

And so you are back at home, reflecting on the job interview you just had earlier that day with an executive recruitment firm or from your dream company. What can you possibly do next?  Are you just going to passively wait for the all-important call from the HR person?


Ms. Ruby Barcelona-Benitez, KSearch Consulting Director and Practice Head for Human Resources, Sales and Marketing and Information Technology, has some pointers for you to mull over.


·         Review the questions and evaluate your answers


What could you have answered better? What caught you off-guard? What would have been your best reply? Did you think and speak clearly? Does the reply reflect your knowledge in the industry given the Philippines’or foreign setting?


·         Rehearse for a better response next time around


After forming an improved response, practice aloud the “better” answers – this, to some extent, will give you better confidence level in future interviews.   Fair warning, though:  be alert for different questions and be prepared to think on your feet to deal with varying sort of questions.


·         Conduct further research about the job scope and skill requirements mentioned


How well do you really stack up vis-à-vis the listed required competencies? How is your experience track responsive to this new one you are going after?  You need to be objective.  Your confidence level will be directly proportionate to how well you see yourself being fit for the new role.


·         Make a follow-up thank you


Although the interviewer would send you off with the cliché: we will call you; don’t call us, it will still be appreciated if you sent it your thank you note, ideally within 24 hours from the interview. Here you can express your appreciation of the interviewer’s time, reiterate your interest in the position, and emphasize the highlight of the interview.


·         Call only when necessary


If the interviewer said they will call you in two weeks for the status update and they did not call during this given time, then you may initiate a follow-up.  You are within your right to get an indication of the real score anyway along the time frame they have provided.  But if you sense that the interviewer was already lukewarm even immediately after the interview, then you may not want to make that call, after all.   Go for another interview. 


Best of luck to you!



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