Waiting to hear back

A lot of people get nervous in the run-up to a job interview. But as well as controlling nerves before and on the big day, to help ensure you do your best, it's important not to let yourself become too preoccupied about how you've fared after an interview has been and gone.

Here are some tips about some of the things that can be on people's minds even after they've left the interview room.

How well did I do?

It's natural to consider how things went following an interview. You may even talk the meeting over with your friends. But reliving the interview can cause problems. If you think everything went great, it could cause you to second guess yourself and pick apart how well you did. If you're already convinced things went badly, it could cause more worry.

The most important thing is to remember you're now beyond the point where you can control the outcome of your interview. If you feel that your answers didn't impress as much as you would like, try to use this as a way to improve your next interview, not kick yourself for the one that's been and gone.

When will I hear back?

It's easy to start panicking about when you ought to have heard about the results of an interview in the days following, but try not to let this worry happen! Often, you'll be given an estimate at interview of when you should get the 'result'. Even if this happens, it's not always accurate, so don't panic too much if the day cited comes and goes and there's no news.

During the post-interview period, concentrate on the continued job-hunt. Looking for hospitality jobs, chef jobs or whatever kind of work you're after will help take your mind off the wait, and also ensure that, should you be unlucky this time, you'll already have other opportunities in the pipeline.

If you've heard nothing after a week or two (or a few days after you were told you would) send a polite email thanking the company for interviewing you and asking for further news on the matter.

What will I do if I don't get it?

Going to an interview often involves putting yourself in the mindset of getting the job in question: this is important for helping you think about what you can bring to the role, and give you confidence that it really is a job you can do.

But don't let imagining having the job cause you undue worry when the interview is over: losing out on a dream job can be very disappointing, but there will be similar positions that will fulfil you out there, so don't assume that all your eggs are in one basket.

How do I talk to people about the interview?

It can be hard to handle people's post-interview questions, especially if you're trying to keep yourself from re-visiting the meeting too much and want to focus on other things. If people are questioning you more than you'd like, simply tell them that you did your best and you're waiting to see what happens. Perhaps move the conversation onto other jobs you've spotted and may apply for!

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.

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