Are you a qualified management candidate? It’s easy to determine whether you are by how you act after a job interview. The unqualified candidates will go home, stress, pace, and watch television. They will make excuses. A few will binge eat. Others will forget the interview and get ready for the weekend night with friends.
The qualified candidate has learned that these behaviors are self-sabotaging, and know the job interview doesn’t end when the candidate walks out the door. And really, it should be assumed. Didn’t the interviewer explain the hiring process and tell you that there will be a second set of interviews. Why do you think she gave you the hint/warning?
When You Leave the Job Interview
Before you even leave the building sit down and write down your notes. Pull up LindedIn on your cell phone and find out the interviewer’s full name, or if you cannot do that then write down as much of the interviewer’s details as possible. You will use this information in a person-specific thank-you note.
Write down all the questions that you wanted to ask, and those you did not feel you answered properly.
Write down where you feel you blew it, so you can polish those topics before the next interview. If the interviewer seemed specifically interested in a certain skill set, then work on your portfolio to enhance that area, and bring something new to the second interview.
Job Interview Observations and Question
It is easy to be overwhelmed in a job interview. There are things you should have asked, observations you should have taken notice of. Even if you are not asked for a second interview you will keep this information to improve your next interview.
If you don’t plan and practice then every job interview will be a carbon copy of the last, with the same results.
Act Like a Management Candidate
If you think a handwritten, polite note is too formal for a job interview then you will always be lost in the crowd. A handwritten note does two things. First, it makes you stand out so that you won’t be lost in the crowd. It may not land the job, but you increased your chances of being kept ‘in mind’ for another job. Second, you show that you are a qualified candidate.
One thing overlooked in today’s culture is politeness. The higher you climb the career ladder the more valuable good manners will be as a career skill. Don’t overlook the opportunity to use good manners to help you stand out as a valuable candidate.
A Candidate should collect job offers, instead of applying for one job at a time. The longer you are unemployed the less desirable you are. Waiting 2 weeks to find out that the company is suicide for a manager’s career. If you wait for 4 responses like this you could waste 2 months, and miss opportunities.
Instead attend as many job interviews as possible. If you get three or four job interviews then you have opened your prospects and can choose the one that fits your lifestyle and goals the best.