Get advice on hiring, finding your dream job,

employee engagement, and workplace training

5 Things Not To Do Post-Interview


You’ve probably been here before: you’ve been keeping your eye on a certain employer for months; finally, your dream job opens up and you apply; the employer invites you in for an interview; the interview goes well – you answered all of the hiring manager’s questions succinctly and had a great rapport with each other. The interview ends and now the waiting game begins…

You are incredibly excited about the opportunity, and the employer says they’ll get back to you in a week with their decision. Here are five things you should NOT do while waiting, according to U.S. News and World Report:

1. Contact the employer excessively

While you want to express your continued interest in the employer and job that you interviewed for, checking in aggressively to find out if the employer has made their final decision will tarnish the good impression you likely made to get to the final round of interviews. If you are a strong candidate, the employer definitely has not forgotten about you – it’s just that that hiring usually takes much longer than either side expects it to.

The best thing to do is to adhere to the employer’s timeline. In doing so, you should not:

  • Check in before their timeline for making a decision has elapsed
  • Email and then email again when you don't get a response to your first message after a day or two
  • Call repeatedly and hang up when you get voicemail

Bottom line: Patience is key when waiting for the employer to get back to you on an offer.

2. Lie about having another job offer to put the pressure on

Bluffing the employer by saying you have another job offer when you really don’t can backfire. If you’re thinking about using this as a tactic to move the hiring process along faster, don’t. There’s a possibility that the employer will say: "We can't rush things on our end and don't want to hinder you from taking another offer, so we'll remove you from our finalists."
Now, if you legitimately have another offer that you need to respond to by a certain date, it is acceptable to notify any other employers you're waiting to hear from that you have another offer on the table that you need to respond to.

3. Stop looking for jobs

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Even if you had a perfect interview and are a perfect fit for the position, you should never assume that the job is yours. A number of factors could prevent the employer from extending an offer – a better candidate could emerge unexpectedly, the CEO's son might need a job or they might freeze hiring altogether.
Until you have an official offer – in writing – don't think you have the job in the bag. Continue to actively job search because you never know what could happen between the final interview and the offer decision.

4. Take a trip and become inaccessible without letting the employer know

If you’re going to be inaccessible for a few days, give the employer a heads up. Once you are an interview finalist, the employer will likely contact you with an offer or for another conversation. If you’re unresponsive, the employer may assume you’re not interested and move on to other candidates.
If you’re going on vacation and won’t have access to your phone or email, let the employer know and tell them when you’ll return.

5. Be anxious and obsessive

Don’t scrutinize every detail after the final interview and before the offer decision. It’s hard, but try not to let these questions run through your head. Why haven't they called yet? Does the silence mean that they're no longer interested? The job is not posted anymore! Did they hire someone else?

These thoughts running through your head will make for a miserable few days, weeks or even months. This is easier said than done, but if you can, put the job out of your head and mentally move on after you interview. A good tactic is to mark your calendar to check in with the employer at an appropriate point in the future if you haven't heard back.

These five tips originally appeared in U.S. News and World Report. To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Tip #3 states to never stop looking for jobs, even if you’re confident you’ll receive an offer. While you’re waiting to hear back about an offer, search thousands of jobs on our website.