Interview Feedback: The DIY Guide To Putting Your Best Foot Forward
To get the job, you have to ace the interview. Learn how to get a critique of your performance and move ahead.
Ian Christie | Monster.com
October 24, 2007
You know the feeling: That moment in the interview when you realize the opportunity has passed you by. Or perhaps you think you’re interviewing well, but you aren’t getting any results. You need to figure out what you are doing wrong and fix it ASAP. But where do you start?
Third-party headhunters and recruitment agencies often provide invaluable feedback when they interview you or send you on interviews. But how do you determine how to improve your interviewing performance if you’re going it alone?
Start with the Foundation
To figure out where you’re going astray, ask yourself:
-Are you interviewing for the right jobs? Just because you’ve been chosen for an interview doesn’t mean you are a viable candidate. -If you are indeed interviewing for the right kinds of jobs, how prepared have you been?
While these two points may seem obvious, they explain a large portion of poor performance in interviews.
Also, remember that you are being judged on different facets of your performance, such as: -Your interviewing manners and attire. -Your level of preparedness. -The quality of your answers and how well they match the job requirements. -Your delivery of answers, confidence and poise under pressure. -Your overall package.
How to Get Feedback
Other than going directly to the hiring company, there are three ways to get feedback on how well you interview: -Self-Evaluation: Think about the questions you have been asked and your responses. Look at the list above, and be brutally honest with yourself. Take your self-evaluation a step further by videotaping yourself responding to a series of key questions. Review your performance. What do you see?
-Peer Evaluation: Seek out the eyes and ears of a trusted friend or significant other who will be honest with you. Role-play the interview by giving your helper a specific job posting and a list of questions. Instruct them to ask the questions randomly and to even make up some of their own. You can also ask your helper to watch your self-made video.
Once you are done, really listen to their comments. Don’t be defensive. Take notes. You may hear different sorts of feedback. For example, perhaps you weren’t specific enough or didn’t sound very interested. Work on these points.
-Professional Evaluation: Some career coaches and other career services firms offer interview training and mock interview practice. While it isn’t free, if the provider has real-world recruitment or hiring experience, your financial investment can really pay off.