We’ve talked about what to do when you have a bad interview, but have you thought about what happens when you nail that interview? Probably not. No worries, we’ll break it down and cover everything you need to know.
First: how do you know it was a good interview?!
It can be hard to know if an interview went well, especially when you’re nervous and trying to impress the interviewer. If any of these signs sounds familiar, it’s probably a good sign:
The interview went longer than expected: was your conversation natural? Did you have good banter and find it easy to chat with the interviewer or the team? That’s great! Frequently, if interviewers know that you’re not right for the job, they’ll wrap it up quickly to avoid wasting both their time and yours.
You met additional team members: an interviewer wants to know if your skills match the job description but they also want to see how you would fit into the team. Meeting other team members or employees is a great sign.
The interviewer took time to “sell” the company too: you’re not the only one on display in an interview; you need to make sure the company is the right fit for you as well. If an interviewer takes the time to boast about the company to you, it’s probably because they’re hoping the interest is mutual.
You got a timeline for the next steps: lots of interview processes require different interviews or even case studies before an offer is made; if an interviewer lets you know about what to expect next, it means they’re thinking about your next steps in the interview process.
You get a quick response: interviewers and HR departments aren’t looking to draw out the hiring process; just like you want an answer as soon as possible, they want that role filled. A quick answer means that they’re pleased with you and want to move forward with the process.
They ask for/contact your references: talking to references can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, especially in international companies with references located across the world, so if you hear that your prospective employer did in fact reach out to your references, that’s a great sign!
Still not sure if it was a good or bad interview? Well, there are a few telltale signs that it didn’t go that well. Was the interviewer vague about next steps? Or did you not get a chance to ask questions? Did the interview end early? These could be signs that the interview didn’t go great. But don’t worry: take this as a learning opportunity and get ready to rock your next one.
After the AMAZING Interview
It’s nice to ride that post-interview glory, especially when you just know that you nailed it, but don’t get carried away! These tips can help you take advantage of that rush and give you an even better chance at getting that role:
Follow up with a thank you message to your interviewers: this doesn’t need to be a formal phone call or message; even a quick email after the interview thanking them for their time and sending them additional materials such as your portfolio or writing samples can help reinforce your interest in the role. And who doesn’t love being thanked for their time?!
If you worked with a recruiter, follow up with them too: recruiters want to know how the interview went, what was discussed, and what the next steps would be. Thank them for their help thus far and keep them updated on your progress.
Make your situation clear: if you're fielding other offers, let them know you've had interest from other companies. It's important that they know so they don't leave you hanging unnecessarily; at the same time, make sure you’re respectful of their time and interview process and give them enough time to make a decision.
Be responsive: some companies will ask for additional information, such as references, your portfolio, a case study, or a work sample. Be responsive and open to additional requests: it most likely means they need one last thing to help them make their final decision.
Even if you've had a great interview at your dream company, don't turn down other interview offers until you've signed an agreement; don't put all your eggs in one basket. Last minute company hiring freezes or an unexpected offer could mean your prospects change and you don't want to be left without any offer at all.
What not to do after an interview
You’re pumped and feeling great but you can’t get carried away. Following the interview, try to avoid these three things:
Don’t pressure the decision: if it’s been longer than what they originally told you, it’s totally fine to follow-up politely about a decision. But if it's within their window, try to be patient, no matter how hard it can be. A lot of things go into making an offer, such as advising other candidates, getting permission from the hiring manager, and deciding what salary/benefits to offer. If you are not respectful of the company’s time, it can come across quite negatively.
Don’t quit your job/stop looking for a new job: sometimes you won’t receive an offer after even the most perfect interview and that could be for a multitude of reasons: limited salary options, another great candidate, a change in heart, or practically anything else. Until you have signed your offer letter, make sure you’re keeping your options open.
Don’t obsess: it’s quite the challenge, but after the interview is complete, you’ve done all you can. If you replay the interview in your head or obsess over any tiny detail, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Follow our above steps but leave it there: everything will work out as it should.
Are you feeling great after your interview? We’re so happy to hear it! Stay calm and be patient: you’ll get an answer soon and we can’t wait to see you succeed in your new role.