Job interviews are stressful enough. But when days pass and you do not hear back from the interview, it can be even more stressful. What did you do wrong? Did you get the job or not? When at least 7 days have passed and you haven’t heard back from the job interview, consider the following tips.
What to Do If You Haven’t Heard Back:
Sometimes you’re worrying for nothing, and sometimes the company simply forget to tell you that you didn’t get the job. There is nothing inappropriate about calling to find out if it’s been given to someone else or if you are still in consideration. If you’re not, then at least you know, and if you are then perhaps they’ll see your phone call as a sign of significant interest.
Apply For More
You should never stop applying for jobs simply because you have a job interview. While it’s natural to want to wait and “see what happens,” the best thing you can do is go searching for more potential jobs so that you’re never waiting for any one employer. In fact, if you manage to get more interviews, you might be able to leverage them for better pay. See our post on how to use linkedIn to find more job openings.
See if you have any connections in the business that can both drop your name and possibly let you know the outcome of the interview. Any recommendations from a friend or former coworker can be valuable, and it can also get you some much needed answers if the employer doesn’t seem forthcoming.
You were asked several questions during your job interview. It’s not a bad idea to figure out what answers were good and what could use work. Don’t over-think yourself – many of your answers were probably excellent. But now you have more questions and experience to draw on, so make sure you use it.
Similarly, hold some more mock interviews. Now that you’ve recently gone through an interview you can take what you know and apply it to future mock interviews in order to develop more self confidence. If they asked you a question you were not prepared for then look up our question and answers section to find a good answer you can use next time.
No matter what, don’t get discouraged. There are millions of reasons that you may not get a job that have nothing to do with your performance, resume, or character. Sometimes they’re given to people that the interviewer knows, or that worked for the company, or that they were already pursuing elsewhere.
What’s important is that you learn from it, keep applying for more roles no matter what happens, and not focus too heavily on what you did wrong – instead focusing on what you did right.