The saying ‘no news is good news’ could not be further from the truth when it comes to job interviews. There’s often a long nerve-racking period of ‘no news’ while you wait for any news (and hope for good news) after an interview. Here are some quick ‘dos’ and one really important ‘don’t’ for surviving the post-interview waiting period.
Send a thank you
E-mail and e-cards are perfectly fine, but you can really stand out with a hand-written note. Remember to ask for a mailing address, or leave a hand-written note before you leave the office to eliminate any guess-work or mail delays.
Reiterate your qualifications
If there is something you wanted to say in the interview, but forgot, the thank you note is the place to do it.
Be sure to answer any follow-up questions from the miring manager or interviewer as soon as possible.
You’re probably not the only person being considered, and it’s likely the interviews aren’t all being done on the same day. We also know there are many steps in the hiring process for federal jobs, so it may take a while before a selection is made. There’s no reason you can’t ask the interviewer how long they expect the process will take.
Network with other applicants on social media sites
Sites like federalsoup allow users to create discussions about any topics related to federal employment. There are many threads on forums like these dedicated to specific job announcements. It’s a great way to network with other people applying for the same job, which will give you a better sense of where they are in the hiring process. Don’t forget many government agencies are also active on Twitter, Facebook and GovLoop, of course!
Don’t call every day to check on the status of the job
There’s a fine line between being persistent and being annoying
What are some of your best after interview tips?
Recruitment 411 is the official blog of the IRS Recruitment Office.