So often we focus on how to participate in the perfect job interview and, while that is undoubtedly important, the follow-up is, too. If you’ve just had a stellar job interview and aren’t sure what you should (or shouldn’t) do, then you should certainly heed this advice. Here are a few things that you should absolutely never do after an interview.
Never Write Poorly Written Follow-Ups
Follow-up emails are important. It lets the employer know that you are serious about the position and grateful for their time. However, sometimes candidates make the mistake of writing a poorly written or generic email. If in doubt, have someone else do a read-over to make sure you’re leaving the right impression.
Never Quit Your Job Prematurely
Sometimes after an interview, you are on such a high of it going well that you assume you landed the position. However, this assumption can lead to rash decisions. Never quit your current job without first getting an offer for the new position. Even if your interview went well, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are the best fit for the job. Have a little patience and hold off on making big decisions until you are offered the position.
Never Send a Hateful Rejection Response
You won’t always land the position. If this happens, don’t let things get personal. Instead, simply thank the interviewer for their time and move forward with your job hunt. Sending a hateful rejection response will leave a lasting impression that could get around the industry. Keep it professional. Plus, this may keep them from keeping your resume on file for the next opportunity.
Never Stop Interviewing
It may be tempting to key in on a single position. However, you should never stop interviewing for other opportunities. Keep your options open and additional interviewing experience. You will likely learn more about the type of work you want to do as well as other interviewing strategies that you could use later. Essentially, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
While it’s certainly essential to practice interviews, it’s also important to be aware of what you should do immediately following one. Keep this in mind, and you’ll likely have much more success on your job-hunting journey!
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