The interview is over.
Wouldn't it be nice if the interviewer handed you a rating slip on your way out
the door to let you know how you rated in the interview? But lacking such a
luxury, you must learn to review your own performance so that you can learn from
Use this opportunity to be objective about the
situation. Were you prepared and practiced, or were you just "winging" the
answers? Could you have been more effective with additional practice? What will
you do to prepare for your next interview?
One of the most helpful
things you can do post-interview is to let go of your self-recriminations by
venting. After the interview, go to your car, or stop in at a coffee shop, and
take pen to paper to write about what just happened. Just let your thoughts pour
out. When you've finished, put the writing away, and let go! After a few hours,
or a day, when you have had a chance to relax and digest the information, go
back and revisit what you wrote. What can you learn from this experience? What
will you do differently next time?
On a scale ranging from one to ten (ten
being high) how do you rate yourself?
My overall feeling of satisfaction
with this interview. ________
Did I arrive on time? _______
was my introduction -- good greeting/handshake/posture? ______
confident and professional at all times? _______
How did I speak - calm,
clearly, not overly aggressive? __________
How was my nonverbal
communication (body language)? _________
Did I handle the difficult
questions with ease, or did I fumble aimlessly? _________
Did I have
good rapport with the interviewer? __________
Did I talk about my
Did I talk about my weakness in a positive manner?
How did you do? Are you satisfied with your rating? If most of
your rating numbers are in the 5 to 10 range, you're probably doing all right.
Look carefully at the lower ratings -- what were the problems? You may want to
consider practicing with someone so that you can obtain more objective feedback
on your answers and style.
No matter how your ratings added up, remember
that some of what goes on in an interview, and behind the scenes, is out of your
control. Also, keep in mind that interviewing is a learned and practiced skill.
If you didn't do as well as you would have liked this time, work on your problem
areas. Try scripting and practicing difficult questions or issues.
critiquing your own performance, and learning from your successes and mistakes,
you will be more prepared the next time. And, as a result, you will become more
confident and accomplished at interviewing. You will also become more objective
in choosing whether the job is right for you -- not just whether you are right
for the job.