You know it’s important to nail the interview with a potential employer, but what you do after the interview can really affect your chances of getting the job.
After completing the initial interview with the hiring manager, applicants can and should continue to market themselves as a professional and suitable candidate for the position.
What to do after the interview
The time after the interview is also a chance for applicants to enhance their name and to remain fresh in the memory of the interviewer. When a company is trying to decide between just a few applicants, showing that you are eager and excited about the potential to work there can be the deciding factor between you and another candidate.
Plus, careers in the biopharma sector generally require at least two or three conversations for each position. This gives candidates the opportunity to meet and make an impression with multiple team members and allows multiple team members to influence the decision-making process. This is just another reason why it’s so important to stick to your top game between and after these conversations.
Here are a few simple ways to keep looking your best in the gap between interview and job offer.
Find out about the next steps
Before you hang up during that first phone screen, ask what the next steps are to move forward with the interview process. That more specific You are faced with this question, the better off you will be.
Be as specific as possible with your questions to get closer to a follow-up discussion. For example, instead of simply asking, “So, what’s next?” you could ask, “How many days do you think it will take you to make a decision?” or “How should I expect to be notified if I’m selected for a second interview?”
In general, interviewers need a few days before taking the application to the next step, regardless of how successful the interview was. Still, asking questions and seeming eager to continue the conversation makes a good impression on hiring managers.
Consider your interview performance
This step may not help you get this job, but it might help in future job search processes.
Take a few moments after each conversation take some notes about your interview. This could include future questions to ask in the next round of interviews, or notes about what you liked and disliked about your side of the conversation.
Assessing your own performance is critical to making you a better interviewer. Since there are many interviews for every Biopharma position, the better at the interview you are, the more likely you are to get the job you want in this industry.
Never underestimate the power of “thanks”
Acknowledgments not only leave a positive lasting impression on the person who interviewed you, but can also help you stand out as a candidate.
Only a quarter of those surveyed sent a thank you letter FlexJobsbut 80% of hiring managers find acknowledgments useful to help them evaluate candidates.
Thank you letters should be sent within two days of the interview. That way, your name stays fresh in the hiring manager’s mind, even when speaking to other candidates.
The thank you letter should be short and sweet to hit all the high notes. You should start the email by thanking the interviewer for their time. Then you can briefly confirm why you are interested in the position and what qualifications you bring with you that make you suitable for the position.
If you mentioned supporting documents during the interview, you should take the opportunity to attach them with a brief explanation.
By personalizing the email, interviewers also know you’re not just copying a script. If you are being interviewed by multiple people, take the time to send multiple emails.
The post-interview thank you note is an often-overlooked tool that can make a world of difference in how interviewers view you as a candidate. It shows that you are serious about the opportunity and it might excite the company to see that someone is genuinely interested in filling the position.
Stay active on LinkedIn
If you’re not already connected with the company and the hiring manager on LinkedIn, take the time to send a connection request after the interview.
When connected, you have the ability to see what the company and/or hiring manager are posting and engage with their content. Simply liking or leaving a comment on one of their LinkedIn posts can help hiring managers remember your name and keep you in mind for the position.
Many professionals on LinkedIn say it is important to stay active, regardless of your job status, so you appear as a key candidate when you’re back on the job market. Especially considering the Increase in layoffs at the momentthere is a need to expand your network and ensure your profile is up to date.
And even if you don’t get the job, you’ve expanded your network and can stay in touch if future opportunities arise.
Wait before you follow up
The rule of thumb for job follow-up emails is: wait one to two weeks after the interview or thank you letter. Sometimes it can take longer if the hiring manager is still accepting applications.
Don’t be discouraged if you experience delays—sometimes hiring managers just need time to relay the information and move candidates to the next stage.
If your follow-up email goes unanswered, wait at least a few days before sending another follow-up email. Unfortunately, some jobs ghost candidates and never reply, but that’s not usually the case if you’ve had at least one interview.
If you apply for other positions while waiting, that’s fine. Just make sure you don’t advertise these interviews anywhere the companies could see them.
take that away
No matter how good you are as an interviewer, you should remember that what you do after the interview is just as important as what you said to the recruiter.
Companies will always pay attention to how candidates behave. Therefore, maintaining your professionalism and reminding the company that you are eager but not desperate to work with them is critical to your job search success.
For more information on interview preparation for all types of pharmaceutical companies, visit our “Interview” section..