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After your interview

When your interview is over, take the time to reflect on what you have learnt from the experience.

The interview process doesn't end when you walk out of the room. If you're not successful, you can still make a good impression and prepare for the next one.

Record any notes

Make notes after each interview. This will prove invaluable if you are called to a second interview or assessment centre, or even if you’re interviewed for a similar role.

Reflect on your experience

Assess your performance – what do you think you did well and where do you think you need to improve? Even if you're offered the job, reflecting on the interview while it is still fresh in your mind will help you prepare for next time. An interview is a two-way process. They're not just choosing you, you are choosing them. Is this the right job for you? If it isn’t, then you don’t have to accept it.

Find out more about the benefits of keeping a learning log to record and reflect on your experiences.

Get feedback

If you are unsuccessful, some companies or organisations will offer interview feedback, but it is entirely at their discretion. It can be difficult to obtain feedback if your first interview was a telephone interview, especially if it was handled by a third party rather than by the employer themselves.

If you do get feedback, don’t be tempted to try and respond to any comments and defend your actions. Listen, use it and incorporate it for next time.

You can also book an appointment with a careers adviser for interview practise and objective advice.

Negotiate your terms

If you're successful, this is now a good time to ask about any special arrangements you need to make, whether permanent or temporary. Perhaps you already have a holiday booked, or you may have a family commitment which requires some flexibility in your work hours.

If you haven’t already discussed this with the employer, then you could now disclose a disability or discuss any adjustments you require in the workplace or a minor disability requiring some adjustments in the workplace.

Discuss your salary

Jobs are often advertised with a salary scale – for example £14,294 to £19,008. Some organisations will state in their recruitment information that they usually appoint at the lower end of the scale, but you may be able to negotiate a starting salary between the two figures. However, do your homework before this subject is discussed.

Consider sending a thank-you letter

On the plus side, it can back up your performance at interview. This works best if you know the name of the interviewer and haven't been interviewed by a large panel – eg if interviewed by a small to medium sized business or organisation. Monster.com has an example you can work from.

On the negative side, it could come across too strongly and you may be better waiting to hear the outcome from your interview performance. The Guardian examines the pros and cons in more detail.

Make a judgement call and remember there are other opportunities to say thank you – such as on the day or when they contact you to offer you the job. Or, if you're unsuccessful, you can always thank the interviewer when you contact them for feedback.

Find out more

If you need advice on what to do after an interview, please contact us:

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