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What Not To Do after An Interview

You may have waited several days, waiting for the postman and constantly checking your emails, but as yet - nothing to say whether or not you have been successful or not.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
July 14, 2023

So, you have had an interview which went well and at the end of the interview, the person interviewing you shook your hand, smiled and said ‘Thank you for attending. We’ll be in touch’.

You may have waited several days, waiting for the postman and constantly checking your emails, but as yet - nothing to say whether or not you have been successful or not.

No matter how impatient you may be feeling, bear in mind that there are often many candidates for a job and the interviewers may still be interviewing over a period of time. After the interviews have been completed, the interviewers will more than likely discuss candidates and only when they have decided who has been successful, will a letter or email be sent out.

As you can appreciate, all of this process can be time consuming so while you are waiting to hear back, there are several things that you  should never ever be tempted to do - but some people do!

While it may be acceptable to send a brief and polite follow up email several days after the interview, bombarding the interviewer with excessive amounts of emails, phone calls or leaving messages is totally unacceptable. This is highly unprofessional and will make you appear rather desperate which will inevitably result in the interviewer rejecting your application. Stay calm and wait for the interviewer to inform you of the outcome of your interview.

Never post anything whatsoever online about your interview. This applies to all social media regarding any discussions about any aspects about your interview, the people who interviewed you or the other employees. Negative comments should be avoided at all costs and even positive comments can easily be misconstrued as they may seriously jeopardise any chance of being considered for the job, now or any future job applications. Keep any thoughts or comments to yourself. Additionally, never share, disclose or discuss any specific, sensitive or  confidential information that you have gained from the interview either online or with other people. Respect the company’s privacy and maintain professional standards.

If the interviewer has requested from you to supply additional information, then do not ignore or delay in doing this, even if you think the interview did not go in your favour. You may have been successful but by neglecting to send any requested information, you will prolong the outcome or risk not getting the job.

Most importantly, do not lose motivation. Whether you get this job or not, remember there is often something better out there for you. Maintaining professionalism, being patient and having a positive attitude can go a long way towards your own personal growth, regardless of the outcome.

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