Video Time: 5 Minutes Action Time: 5 – 10 Minutes
Video Time: 5 Minutes
Action Time: 5 – 10 Minutes
As we’re reminded by the news, the grocery store, our loved ones, and even the family dog (it’s really the way he looks at you), these are unprecedented times. There’s a lot to worry about. Thoughts about how you did in your interview affecting when you’ll hear back can be overwhelming. You are not alone. The pandemic has many people looking for work, especially REMOTE work. If you’ve recently been interviewed, please share your job hunting experience in our Private LinkedIn Membership Community. You may feel reassured by your peers’ responses and help them in turn.
We are about six months into 2020. We know, it feels a lot longer than that. Are you wondering when this stressful year will ever end? Waiting to hear back about a job is no different. You start to wonder: When will I hear back? Did they like me? Oh no, did I forget to brush my teeth beforehand? I mean, the interview was over Skype, but they might still have been able to tell I had garlic bread for lunch! It can be easy to spiral when waiting to hear an employer’s decision.
Instead, of fretting, take action. You’ve done a great job securing and preparing for the interview. The steps you take after the interview are equally important. First, pat yourself on the back for a job well done. If you’re not flexible enough for that, giving yourself a firm handshake can feel just as rewarding. It seems silly, but trust me, it’s oddly satisfying. Don’t dwell on anything that could have gone wrong. Instead, learn from your mistakes. If you didn’t know how to answer a question, don’t beat yourself up about it (you are not a human punching bag!), but spend time thinking about an answer so that you’re better prepared for the next interview. And remember, the interview is now in the past. If this unprecedented (there it is again) time has taught us anything, it is that there truly are bigger things to worry about and to be grateful for what you have at the moment.
Okay, are you well patted and self-congratulated? Good! Now it is time to show your gratitude to the hiring manager and whoever else you may have interviewed or interacted with during the interview process. The next episode will show you how to make a positive, lasting impression by following up after the interview.