You killed it! The interview went really great. But as it wraps up, you realize the company isn’t offering you the job on the spot. Here are three things you can do to increase the chances you’ll get the offer.
1. Finish Strong
Sure, you may have a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, but don’t let the interviewer sense your disappointment. Keep a smile on your face and use positive body language. End the interview graciously — shake hands, thank your interviewer for their time, and repeat your interest in the position, “This sounds like a great opportunity and I’m definitely interested.”
Be sure to get the interviewer’s best contact information. And the same goes for all other staff who interviewed you previously.
Try to find out when they will be making their final decision. Ask “What are the next steps for your company?” or “When can I expect to hear from HR?”
And don’t relax your smile until you’ve left the building. That person riding down in the elevator with you could be a decision maker.
2. Send a Thank-You Note Immediately
When you get home, give your cell phone a rest, and put your thoughts on paper in the form of a handwritten thank you note. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by mailing thank-you notes within 24 hours to every person who interviewed you.
While emailing a thank-you note is generally acceptable today, a handwritten note will make a more memorable impression and a way to stand out amongst other candidates in the world of text messaging. 😉
If you learn the decision will be made the same day, get creative and act fast. Buy notepaper at a local drug store and write a thank you while sipping a latte at your favorite Starbucks. Then hand-deliver it to the business the same day before heading home.
The notes should be brief, well-written and personalized for each interviewer. Thank them for their time, summarize why you’re their ideal candidate, provide further answers to a question or mention a topic discussed during your time together. And it wouldn’t hurt to put a $100 bill in with the note. Okay, just kidding.
Bonus Tip: Your thank you note could lead to a future job offer from the company. The good impression it makes might keep you at the top of their list for the next position that opens up at the company, if this one doesn’t come through.
3. Waiting Can Be the Hardest Part
After the interview process is finished, you unwind and wait. And wait. And wait. If the phone doesn’t ring, don’t panic.
Several things might be going on. For example, the company’s staff might need to reach a consensus on the best candidate and the exact details of the offer. Plus, their decision about hiring isn’t necessarily top priority. Yes, even though they told you they’d be making the decision that day! Practice patience.
Instead of “wasted worrying,” do a debriefing. Talk in depth with your career advisor after the interview. Go over every detail of the interview(s), what your impressions are of the employees, the pros and cons of the potential position and company. Make notes about this for future reference.
Trust your career advisor. They’re professionals, and have probably worked with the staff at this company before. They’ll let you know when a hiring decision has been reached. Asking your career advisor multiple times a day for an update isn’t going to change the outcome nor make it happen sooner.
Some wiser things to do are to stay focused on the positives, go on with your job search and life. Keep interviewing for new positions with other companies to increase the number of offers you could wind up choosing from.
Who knows . . . you could get so proficient as a job candidate, you may actually miss interviewing after you get hired!
Head toward a job interview for a job you can clinch: Start your search today!