Here you are, tossing and turning, checking emails every 5 minutes, and making sure your cell phone ringer is on the loudest setting. Hoping. Wishing. Praying. Waiting. You are stuck in time thinking, “I know that interview went well. Shoot, it went better than well, I crushed it! Didn’t I?“ This waiting game is the hardest part, but there are a few things you can do to keep your sanity.
Read a book
Whether you’re reading for leisure or brushing up on skills for your future position, reading is a great way to constructively pass the time. Learn new words, escape to faraway lands, or teach yourself to code. The beneficial possibilities are endless in the world of literature.
Getting lost in something outside of yourself is a wonderful way to soothe any frustration or anxiety that’s stirring. It gives you a sense of purpose, makes you appreciative, and could even be a great addition to your already stellar resume. If documenting it isn’t really your thing, it’s still an excellent talking point in your second interview or with your new coworkers *fingers crossed*.
Start a blog
Create a WordPress, Tumblr, or Pinterest account and go crazy. If WordPress or Tumblr is your thing, journal about your job hunt, career field, or your everyday life. Spend time meticulously picking your theme and building your site from scratch. If Pinterest is more your jam, create boards about your future work ensembles, Do-It-Yourself projects, or recipe ideas. Whatever you do, make it constructive, this will ultimately beef up your online presence and be a good way to highlight who you are.
Looking interested is great but being too interested can easily come off as desperate. Stay away from sending back-to-back emails when there has been no response, and put down the phone when the urge to call arises. A thank you note is a phenomenal follow-up but harassment is not. Keep busy. Exercise, find local networking events to attend, learn a new language, or paint your bedroom. I know it’s hard not to obsess over your dream job, but relax and be patient. You don’t want to do anything to overshadow the great impression you’ve already left.
So much goes on behind the scenes when dealing with hiring that the delay may have nothing to do with you. Stay centered. You can’t control the outcome all you can do is control yourself. Being focused on the absence of communication will start to weigh on you; don’t let doubt and insecurity sabotage your chances. Stay active and optimistic. Keep your spirits up and your mind moving. Keeping yourself in a great mental and emotional space during this time can make all the difference.