Regroup After a Job Interview: What to Do to Improve Your Profile
It’s nerve-wracking enough to get through an interview, but one can agree that waiting for the result proves even more aggravating. Even if you come out of a potential employer’s office feeling confident that you nailed it, there’s still a period of uncertainty that stretches with each passing the day the phone does not ring. You know HR is interviewing other people and needs to collect a fair amount of candidates before they can make an informed decision. Also, you continue to look for other open positions. How do you deal with the days when nobody is calling you?
Anxiety during a job search is perfectly normal. You feel pressured to find a good job in order to relieve financial burdens, and the sooner you are hired somewhere the better. This time between the interview and the call should be invested well in improving your profile, so that subsequent interviews – if necessary – may result in a faster response. Not only that, but staying busy can help ease the nerves as you wait for employers to contact you.
Here are a few things you can do in between interviews to help improve your position in the eyes of those who hire:
1) Revise your resume. Take a look at your job history and skills. You may want to play up certain points and achievements that will impress an employer. If you have learned anything new, like a computer language of coding skill, include in a new version before sending it out with your applications.
2) Change up your references. It’s great to have two or three people on whom you can always rely for a good word. Don’t stop there, however. Try to get a few people “on reserve” who may offer a more unique picture of you as a worker.
3) Watch the reel. After football games, coaches often watch film of the team to see what worked and what didn’t. You won’t be able to record your interview, but if you’re worried about your appearance and performance you can sit with a friend and recap. A new pair of eyes may point out tics and gestures that could turn off employers.
4) Rethink your wardrobe. You dress your best when you meet potential employers, but you should also consider that colors and style vary depending on the job. Rule of thumb among employment experts is to wear a dark neutral color – black or navy blue – in a conservative style.
Changes to your presentation, attitude, and style can make a difference after the interview. Evaluate how an employer sees you, and improve upon that image to get the phones ringing.