You've got that sparkling application in, and now you're waiting to hear if you're going to be asked to an interview. We've got our fingers crossed on your behalf!
Is this a time to just sit and be patient? Well, it can be. But here's some advice in case you want a little extra detail!
Check your email
This is one of the biggies. Sometimes, we don't use our most-checked email account for applications. Maybe you made a new, more formally-named account for the job hunt (which can be a good idea if your main account has a silly or inappropriate name, for example).
Either set things up so that you'll be notified of any new emails without needing to check, or check back at least once a day to see if anyone has replied to your application. Remember that you might get a phone call response, too, so don't ignore missed calls, and switch your phone off silent if appropriate.
Start the interview prep
This is a bit of a tricky one because you don't want to get your hopes up too much for an interview that might never come. That said, you may not have as much time as you'd like between being invited for an interview and it actually taking place, to read up about the company, consider what you want to say and the like.
Sometimes, employers will get in touch and ask you to be at a meeting the very next day, for example.
Getting on with interview prep jobs as soon as the application is in could put you at an advantage. And remember that any work you put in for this particular job could also be useful for other job opportunities in future.
Get on with the hunt
Obviously getting on with your job hunt as you were before is an important way to use the time between getting an application in and (potentially) hearing back. Keep to your routine, find new things to apply for and don't treat this single opportunity as if it's the only one out there – even if it's your dream role.
Check what you've been told
Check whether interview dates are listed in the job ad, as this will give you an idea of when to expect a response. Also, sometimes you will be told to assume you've not been picked if you aren't contacted in a given time frame, so take note of this. If you think you need to get in touch and check how things are going, keep your message short and friendly, keeping in mind that the people dealing with applications are likely to be short on time.
Remember that normally, no news will mean that you've not been shortlisted. Then again, in some circumstances, reminding an organisation about your application could boost the chances that they will look at it carefully.