You made it through the hard part – now what? Here’s how to seal the deal.
You just interviewed for a job as a travel agent and now it’s a waiting game until you find out if the position is yours. What should you do? Here are five things you should do until you hear from your potential employer:
Send a Thank You Note: You hope you made an impression, but your potential employer is also meeting with many other candidates and you might be forgotten by the end of the day. A thank you note shows that you are a professional and may even increase your chances of getting the job in a very competitive job market. According to Business News Daily, only 20 percent of candidates ever really send out thank you notes, but it can push you to the top of the pile. You should send an email and a handwritten note, but make sure you personalize it with the interviewer’s name.
Review the good, bad and ugly: Do you think you did well during the interview? Bombed? Either way, review the questions that were asked of you and how you answered them. CIO magazine suggests taking notes and evaluating your own performance. How could you improve? Perhaps the interviewer asked you questions about the travel agency and you didn’t have the answer. Make a note to study the company in case the interviewer calls with additional questions. Whatever you do, do not call or email apologizing for any minor mistakes you think you made.
Fill in the Blanks: Did you forget to mention an accomplishment at the interview? It’s not too late. You can still follow up with the agency. In an interview with Forbes, Todd Cherches, CEO of BigBlueGumball, a New York City-based management consulting and coaching firm, offered this suggestion: “When you asked me about my single greatest accomplishment in my last job, I apologize that I drew a blank. However, immediately after leaving, it hit me that I should have mentioned I was voted the top salesperson in my department for 2013, and proudly received a special recognition award at my company’s year-end national convention.”
Don’t sit on Your Hands: Even if you think the interview went really well, do not sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Instead, continue on your quest to find the perfect job. You should still be reading job postings, sending out applications, and networking with other agencies to try and land a position. Do not continue to email the employer day after day asking for a decision. It’s okay to follow up about a week later, but do not harass the hiring manager if you do not hear back. Decisions may take time and, on some occasions, things change and hiring is stalled.
Accept Rejection: If the phone rings, but it is not good news, you should still stay professional. You never know where your next job offer is going to come from and your interviewer might recommend you for another position within the same company. According to Ford R. Myers, a career coach and author of "Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," even if you didn’t get the job, a thank you note till works.
Interviewing for a job can be a stressful experience and the waiting is the worst part; but make efficient use of your time and keep looking!