The After Interview Waiting Game

October 12 2015

If you are lucky enough to have landed an interview, and are around to tell the tale, you know how stress inducing the interview waiting game can be. Did you get the job? Did they like you? Or worse- is it all bad. Bad, bad bad.

Before you give up hope and resign to live your life unemployed and alone, relax and take a deep breath. Don’t drive yourself crazy. Here’s what to do after your interview to keep your sanity.

Stay Focused

Yes, you’ve had an interview, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve got the job. It’s okay. You simply need to stay focused and stay sharp. Until you get that job offer and accept, you’re still on the market. Act like it and keep looking. This will help you keep your wants and needs in sight and keep you from daydreaming about a job you don’t have. And, in the event you don’t get a call back from that interview or, ultimately a job offer, you’ll be well on the way to securing other prospects.

Network

I know, I know. We say it time and time again- network, network, network. But it works. Companies and workforces are comprised of people. Even if you work alone, people have to pay you. You have to have some interaction with people to have a job and make money. Sure, some career paths require less interaction with other humans than others. Getting a job doesn’t mean an end to networking.

If you’re unsure where to start, look for job fairs that are in your area. Turn to social media. Twitter and LinkedIn are especially good. Build your brand. Build your online presence. Exude professionalism. This will help you tremendously- whether you get the job at hand or not.

Personal Development

Whether you are looking for a job or have a job, it’s important to take time whenever possible to work on you and build upon your skills and just “do you.” It is what keeps like fulfilling. Blog. Go for a hike. Meditate. Exercise. Invest in personal development. Do the things that make you happy and keep you motivated and at your peak. This will help you stay grounded and keep you from stressing out about this job or the next.

All in all, take a deep breath and remember that you are awesome. Life is too short to spend it stressed out.

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