The Interview: Closure

You have got through to the end of the interview. Now is the time to set your own expectations on both the possibility of a job offer and when that is likely to come through.

If you are genuinely interested in the job you’re being interviewed for, make sure you demonstrate your enthusiasm. Let your interviewer know that you are interested in the role and company, and tell them why. At the end of your interview, be sure to check how you will be notified of their decision, and when you should expect to hear from them.  This shows that you are interested, motivated and keen to achieve a positive result.

Most importantly, thank the interviewer for taking the time to see you with a simple ‘Thank you for your time today.’

What happens after the interview will vary from one employer or recruiter to the next. If you have more interviews in the pipeline, keep those options open until you have a written offer of employment.  The last thing you want to do is turn down a perfectly good job offer or interview invitation and then find that an anticipated job offer doesn’t come through.

Finally, if a recruitment agency is involved, call your consultant to let them know how you think the interview went. They will probably want to speak with you before the interviewer contacts them. And they may even have feedback for you already!

Relax. The interview is over and you did your best!

As long as you were true to yourself in the interview, don’t be disheartened if you don’t receive a job offer. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t good enough for the role, sometimes the fit just isn’t right. The organisation may not have been right for you anyway.

And even if you don’t get an offer, you can always treat any interview as a learning opportunity.

Good luck!