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Caution! Don’t do any of these 4 things after a job interview

It’s normal to feel a rollercoaster of emotions after a job interview, but there are certain things you just shouldn’t do.

Don’t freak out

Sara McCord, a freelance writer and editor, writes in The Muse that you shouldn’t “drive yourself crazy” when you haven’t been contacted yet about if you got the job.

After writing about how anxious she was while “waiting to hear back” about one, how it’s not always wrong to be so in tune with it, and more, she mentions a method she uses.

“Your personal timeline will depend on your circumstances, but if I make it to the final round for any given job, I give myself one week when I’m allowed to think about it non-stop. For an entire week, I don’t apply to other jobs (assuming I don’t have anything else in the works), almost as a show of confidence in myself,” she writes. “For the skeptics who think this means I’ll miss my chance elsewhere, the second part of the one-week rule is that, after a week, I go back to job-hunting business as usual, and pick up right where I left off.”

Don’t cross social media boundaries

Once you do this, there’s no going back.

Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone, formerly of Whelan Stone Executive Search, write in Monster that you shouldn’t “friend the interviewer on Facebook.”

Whelan is currently retired and Stone now works as the Principal, Digital & Technology Markets at Korn Ferry.


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“Trying to connect with an interviewer on Facebook crosses a boundary that should not be broached. It tells the interviewer you don’t know how to draw the line between employer and employee, and you would likely have difficulty with that distinction if you were hired for the job,” they write.

Don’t drop the ball during a follow-up

Caroline Ceniza-Levine, co-founder of SixFigureStart®, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, writes in Money that “letting the quality slip after the interview” is an error.

“How you follow up after an interview is just as important as the interview, sometimes even more important, because it’s the most recent impression of you. One candidate for a business development role had multiple typos in his thank you note,” she writes. “He was incredibly polished for the live meeting but sloppy in the follow-up, and it caused the hiring group to question his attention to detail. Don’t drop the ball at the very end.”

Ceniza-Levine later continues, “In my 20 years of recruiting, I’ve seen many candidates get closed out for one job only to get called in for something else by the same company or by the same person (who now is at a different company but remembers them fondly). Keep your quality high at every interaction.”

Don’t forget to send a thank you

Hurry! Kelly Marinelli, principal people strategy consultant at Solve HR, tells U.S. News & World Report how to handle a “thank you” response.

“Some people like to do it in writing, but with how quickly things move, I always advise an email right away the next day. … By waiting a few days or a week, you’ve really lost your opportunity at that point to make a great impression.”

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