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Four things to consider after your job interview

By Pam Lindsay-Dunn, Director of People and Culture, Hays EMEA

After a job interview, your friends, family and even recruiter will undoubtedly ask you how your interview went. Hopefully your answer is that it went well, and if it did you might have to consider if you would take the job should they offer it to you. Being offered as job is exciting, but to stop yourself from making a snap decision, take some time to reflect and consider the below:

1. Did they sell the job?

Try to remember what drew you to the role in the first place and whether you now feel more or less interested than you did before the interview. For example, you may have been attracted to the scope for progression, the stretch opportunities, and the variety of work involved. Now you have been to the interview and found out more, can you honestly say this opportunity would push you to your full potential? How does it fit in with the career plan and objectives you first set out when you embarked upon your job search? Are you still as excited about the opportunity?

It may be the case that during the interview you realised the role was different from what you expected. It’s normal to be nervous in interviews, but think back to your interview. Where these positive nerves? Did you feel excited, and like this is the challenge you have been waiting for?

Remember why you decided to go to this interview in the first place – something is clearly missing in your current job. The question is, does this new role have what your current one lacks?

2. Will the company be the right fit?

Before the interview, you may have had an idea of what type of company you wanted to work for next, in terms of its purpose, values, culture and possibly even size. After having met with this organisation, how do they compare? Could you see yourself buying into their vision, and feeling passionate about working here?

You should also consider the “personality” of the company, that is, the company culture. It can be tricky to get a feel for a company’s culture in one interview, but try to think back to how the interviewer described the business and team. They might have used words such as “close knit” or “sociable”, giving an indication of the dynamic you would be walking into. Does this suit your personality? Perhaps you were even shown around the office or introduced to your potential colleagues. What were your first impressions upon meeting them?

Ultimately, could you see yourself integrating well with the company culture and values, and do you think you would be a good fit?

3. Will you get on with your new manager?

Speaking of your future colleagues, how did your potential boss come across during the interview? This is important, after all, you would be reporting into this person on a daily basis, coming to them for guidance and support, especially during those early days on the job. Again, it isn’t always easy to get a clear picture of this from just one interview, but certain behaviours will indicate what this person is like to work for:

  • Firstly, did they come across as a strong communicator? Did they explain the job and their expectations for the role clearly? If so, this indicates that you would know where you stood with them if you were to report into them


  • Secondly, did they listen to you? Part of being a strong communicator is being able to listen effectively. Did they listen to your answers, and were they encouraging and receptive to what you had to say? Did they answer all of your questions fully?


  • Were they approachable and welcoming? Did you feel comfortable talking to them and asking them questions?


  • Did they seem passionate about their job, their team and the company? Never underestimate the importance of a boss who loves their job, their enthusiasm is infectious and soon spreads within the team. Try to recall whether they seemed animated and upbeat as they spoke, or whether it felt like they were reading from a script


  • Lastly, were they interested in your ambitions for the future, and what you hoped to achieve if successful in this role? If they smiled and nodded as you spoke, and asked you to elaborate further, this indicates that they are true people managers, that they care about the goals and progression of their employees, and that they would be supportive of you if you joined their team

4. How do you feel?

Your gut feel isn’t just a suspicion; it is your intuition telling you that a certain decision is for the best, even if it doesn’t make complete logical sense at the time. For you, maybe this position isn’t 100 per cent perfect, but your gut is telling you that it doesn’t matter; this is a risk worth taking. If you walked away from this interview feeling more excited than when you walked in, even though certain boxes in your “perfect job” criteria remained unchecked, then that’s your instincts kicking in and you should pay attention to them.

Having considered all of the above, you should now be feeling clearer on whether you truly want to accept this offer or not. If you do, be sure to confirm that you are still interested in the role with your recruiter, and ask them to pass this message on via a thank you email to the interviewer. Fingers crossed the feeling is mutual, and in no time at all, you will be accepting an opportunity that pushes you to your full potential.

For more information or to discuss your employment needs, please contact your local consultant.

About this author

Pam has been at Hays for over 20 years and is the Director of People and Culture working across EMEA. Prior to her current role working across Europe, Pam held a management role within Hays running a large commercial region in the UK. Having benefited from gaining first-hand experience managing teams in a busy sales environment, Pam is now passionate about sharing her experience; providing the best support to our business and ensuring that our workforce is able to adapt to the changing world of work.


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