Interviewing - Getting That Job

by Jane Tredgett

Closing and follow up

When the interview is coming to an end, you should be advised as to what happens from here – how and when you will be notified and what the next stage is if you are successful. If this information isn’t offered, it is acceptable for you to ask ‘what happens next?’

It is not usual for you to be offered a job there and then, but if you are it might be best to take some time to consider rather than committing yourself.

Sometimes, candidates are given a quick tour before they leave – particularly of the specific area they would be working in. If this is offered, it is wise to participate – be enthusiastic and ask questions to demonstrate interest.

Reviewing interviews and advising candidates

After an interview, the interviewer should assess one candidate against another.

They may ask other people, such as receptionists, what impressions they formed about you, the candidate.

The organisation may decide to check references at this stage or wait until after the next part of the selection process.

The interviewer should keep notes on how the decision was reached and keep paperwork for the specified time

The review process may take some time – which can be nail biting when you are waiting to hear if you have been successful or not!

Ideally, you should be advised of the outcome, whether you were successful or not. If you don’t hear anything, ring the company up and ask for feedback. Bear in mind that you still want to appear professional and non-confrontational. You never know if the company may need to re-advertise the job or if they have another vacancy that will soon be advertised! Also, the company is not legally obliged to give you feedback, so don’t be too pushy.