After the interview it is natural to reflect on your performance and analyse your responses from an interviewer’s perspective. But what happens after the interview? Does it really matter what you do next?
The answer is most definitely yes, your interview isn’t over until your first day so your actions between now and then could still make the difference between successfully starting a new job or going back to the drawing board. This blog covers it all, from waiting for a response to receiving an offer and ultimately your first day at work.
After your interview, you should be aware of the next steps in the process outlined by your recruitment agency contact and/or prospective employer. The key piece of advice is stick to the agreed process and remain flexible.
The hours after your interview are the most crucial, where both the candidate and client are reflecting on the interview. A good candidate should call their recruitment agency contact to discuss their thoughts on how it went and potentially any queries they have post-interview. 15% of clients said they wouldn’t consider a candidate who didn’t follow-up, which stresses the importance to call your agency sooner rather than later. Your recruitment contact is vital to pass on communication to the employer, as it is unlikely you will have their direct contact details. Your contact is an expert and is therefore able to;
- Present your feedback in a positive manner, highlighting moments from the interview that you were particularly passionate about
- Extend you’re thanks to the interviewer for their time and consideration of your application
- address areas you felt portrayed you as a weaker candidate, to then discuss these with the client turning them into areas of future improvement and possible development
- Confirm the next stage in the process, potential dates for an assessment and what actions are required
If your interviewer has already been in contact with the recruitment agency, your contact may be able to share immediate feedback with you and inform you of the next steps. In any situation, it is best to call your contact as soon as possible, so they are able to represent you and reach out to the client early on, further communicating your punctuality and enthusiasm. Remember the agency wants you to get the job just as much as you do, they are there to help and support you.
If you are still unsure of the process, ask again for an estimated timeline, ‘when can you expect to hear’ and ‘what you should do if you haven’t heard anything’. Once you have a clear understanding, make every effort to stick to the process. There is a fine line between being enthusiastic and annoying so proceed with caution and respect the process. Ignoring the agreed process will only show your employer that you are unable to follow instructions, before you have even started.
Be available & stay in touch
In aviation, most roles will require at least a second interview or assessment, which will most likely require travel to another country. If you have committed to the first interview, it is crucial that you commit to the rest of the process, ensuring you are available for assessment / training days, including travel routes to the location. Make sure you stay contactable, keep your phone with you where possible and monitor your emails.
Also, bear in mind that flight delays do happen, so always have a back-up plan, and give yourself ample time!
Showing a lack of flexibility and availability will not bode well with either the recruitment agency or the client. Not only could it effect your chances in getting the current role, but any roles you may apply for in the future. Ensure you are a reliable, flexible, and available candidate where possible.
If you’re unsuccessful – Don’t be unprofessional
Naturally you feel disappointed, but the key is to be professional so you don’t burn bridges with your contacts. Rejection is just part of the process and will happen to all candidates at some point. This can happen for many reasons; higher calibre candidates may have been in the process, your experience was lacking in areas of particular relevance for the company at that time, or you just weren’t the right match for their team. Stay positive and keep looking as every interview will help hone your skills towards the next. By following these next steps, you will have another interview in no time:
- Stay graceful and say thank you. Ask the recruiter to pass on thanks to your interviewers for their time and consideration
- Ask for feedback, feedback (where available) will only help improve your performance for future opportunities and make you a stronger candidate in the long run.
- Stay interested. Express your interest for future opportunities that may arise
- Remain professional, this will help your reputation in business and as a potential candidate for future roles
If you’re successful – Prep, prep, and prep!
Great, you have been offered a position and the contract is signed. Now you must prepare for your start date which can include many of the below;
- Any administrative documentation needed for your first day, such as starter forms
- Visa’s or permits such as may be needed for right to work checks
- Uniform, or appropriate clothing for your first day and any potential meetings/introductions
- A printed and/or digital copy of your first day’s agenda, this includes instructions of where to go for your first day
- Is your accommodation organised, ensure you have booked or rented sufficient accommodation in advance.
- Arrange the necessary travel to your accommodation or to the location of your first day of work
If you are commuting to work and haven’t made the journey before, try the commute at least one day before you start to understand the route and typical peaks of traffic for your estimated time of travel. If you realise the route you need to take is longer, or in worst case scenario, not available, you can find alternative arrangements for your first day.
Congratulations – you’ve started.
It is now your first day and your new employer has chosen you from a long list of other candidates. Be proud of your achievement and maintain your standards throughout your time of employment as you may be considered for future promotions, or even receive a glowing reference when you do decide to move on.
Expect a call from your agent on your first day as they will want to make sure it is going well.
If you’re an AeroProfessional candidate and need more support preparing for your first day, or have any questions about your own recruitment process, contact us today.