Still Sweating After the Interview?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 the experience.
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?
Rate Your Performance
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? _______
How was my introduction -- good greeting/handshake/posture? ______
Was I 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 strengths? ________
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
By 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.