The job interview is over, and now you can breathe a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, the interviewer doesn’t hand you a report card on the way out, so you’re left to wonder how you did. You can’t help but try to figure out on your own what went well and where you could have performed better.
Reviewing your performance is the best way to learn from the experience. After all, getting interviews is not easy, and you don’t want to go to the next one repeating any of the same mistakes. Taking the time to do a self-assessment after each interview and tweaking your style will put you in a better position to ace future interviews.
Here are some questions to ask yourself. Rate your answers on a scale of one to five, with five showing the most satisfaction with the answer:
Did you make a strong first impression? You should always give your interviewer the image of the employee they want. Positive first impressions are a key element in nailing an interview.
How was your body language? It’s okay to be nervous, as long as you can control it. Did you:
- maintain eye contact?
- smile when it was appropriate?
- have good posture?
- give a firm handshake?
- make it through the interview without fidgeting?
How well did you handle the hiring manager’s questions? If you did the necessary research and were prepared for the interview, you should have given yourself high marks for this answer. If not, make sure you go into your next interview thoroughly prepared.
Did the questions you asked the hiring manager about the company and the position reflect a good understanding of both? Think about the questions you asked about the company and the position. These questions should have demonstrated that you took your research seriously by coming to the interview prepared with thoughtful questions.
Here are some other questions that you should be asking yourself:
Did I arrive for the interview a few minutes early?
- How well did I introduce myself?
- Was I poised and professional?
- Did I speak calmly and clearly?
- Did I establish a good rapport with the interviewer?
- Did I highlight my strengths and accomplishments?
- How did I handle the non-standard questions? Did I take them in stride or was I rendered speechless?
- How was my nonverbal communication?
- Did I talk about my weakness in a positive manner?
- Did I ask good questions about the role?
- Were things left on a positive note?
Did you follow up on the Interview? No matter how well you do during the interview, failing to follow up a day or two later could cost you a job offer.
If most of your rating numbers are in the three to five range, you're doing fine. Look at any lower ratings and consider what you can do to improve. Strive to be the best, and you’ll ace the next interview you receive.
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