So, you’ve just returned from your second interview of your dream job. You can’t stop thinking about it. It’s prefect for you. You’re perfect for it. There is no reason why they shouldn’t hire you, and a million reasons for them to hire you. You think your days of being unemployed are over, and you are already starting to put together your new dream job family budget…
But wait, hold on for just a moment. Now that you’ve had that second interview, the first thing you need to do is send them a thank you letter. Send a thank you letter to each and every person you met with today, and personalize each one. Email is fine too. Your interview is not officially over until you send them these letters. Don’t start basking in the afterglow of a perfect second interview just yet.
However, once you do, you’re just going to have to find a way to relax. I’ve found it best to completely forget about the interview as best as you can, until its been one week since your interview, and you can follow up with them.
So, how do you relax? Well, there’s lots of ways to relax and forget your interview ever happened. Its best, however, to find things that are proactive in nature rather than destructive. If you go on an alcohol binge for the next few days, and find out you didn’t get the job, you’re going to feel terrible. However, if you spend the next few days taking it easy, and running, for example, you may feel slightly more hopeful that you’ll be finding something again next time.
Exercise is at the top of my list. Go out, take your iPod, and get those endorphins going. You’ll be improving your cardiovascular health, keeping your waistline in check, and keeping yourself occupied. Try running, walking, swimming, or biking. Though, the options are really endless.
Try meditating. Meditating is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself grounded. Just find a calm, quiet space in your home, shut your eyes, and listen to your breathing. There’s tons of information on line to read about with meditation, including guided mediations to keep you from falling asleep.
Take up an artistic hobby. Whether dancing, playing a musical instrument, acting, drawing or writing, taking up a hobby is another great way to clear your mind and feel refreshed. Many employers also like to hire well rounded employees so this may improve your chances of getting a job in the future.
Catch up with your friends. Now is a great time to call your friends and check up on them. Maybe you’ve been so busy with the job hunt that you haven’t had the time or energy to see how they’re doing. Go out for coffee, grab some lunch, or maybe just chat on the phone. You’ll feel great after reconnecting with someone.
These are in many ways the most proactive things you can do to regenerate yourself during a long and grueling job hunt, after you’ve just had your second interview. Whenever you find yourself thinking about the position, stop, and try one of the activities listed above.