The Interview: Closure

You have got through to the end of the interview and 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.

At the end of your interview, conclude by asking what the next steps are in terms of how you will be notified of their decision, and when you should expect to hear from them.  This shows that you are interested and motivated and are keen to make sure you achieve a positive result.

In terms of what actually happens in the days and weeks after the interview, this will be very different from one employer or recruiter to the next. If you have more interviews in the pipeline then 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 not get offered the job you’ve been waiting for!

If you are genuinely interested in the job you’re being interviewed for, make sure you show your enthusiasm by telling them that you are interested, and tell them why.  Most importantly, thank the interviewer for taking the time to interview you with a simple ‘Thank you for your time today Jane.’

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

Relax. The interview is over and you have done your best!

Do not be disheartened if the interview didn’t go as planned, just remember to be yourself and if that isn’t good enough then so be it. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t good enough for the role, sometimes the fit just isn’t right and the organisation may not have been right for you anyway.

Even if you don’t get an offer, you can treat the interview as a learning opportunity.