Too often scheduling a job interview is where the prep and evaluation time ends for a candidate. Because of this, they can face a hard reality when they walk out of the interview feeling inadequate and unqualified. Instead of leaving it to chance, consider these evaluation techniques to help you in your next interview.
Start by being prepared
Your first step is to conduct research on the company and learn more about the job and the expectations of the hiring manager. Once you know what they’re looking for, you can focus your selling points on those specific areas and how you’re qualified to assist them. When you research, you’re more prepared to ask the questions that impress.
It’s also helpful to stay current with common interview questions, so you’re able to deftly navigate the conversation without long pauses or confusing looks. Your goal should be to move effortlessly from topic to topic, even if it is something you weren’t anticipating. Think back to your last interview and decide if you responded seamlessly or if there were awkward pauses.
Think about the end-of-interview conversation
Focus on what transpired at the end of the interview and the tones from the interviewer. Their goal is to remain neutral so you’re not led one way or another, but there are still indications you can look for. The interviewer may have been nice, but unless there’s talk about next steps, it probably means you won’t hear back.
Write down your thoughts immediately after
It’s important to write down notes from your interview to examine once the adrenaline has died down. You can start with basics, like whether you arrived on time and left on a positive note. Ask yourself about the rapport you had with the interviewer and if you seemed to fit in well with the culture.
Think back to how you answered questions and what your nonverbal communication said throughout the interview. Decide if your tone was calm and confident or nervous and rushed. Review the questions you asked to see if they were smart. Consider how your preparations aided you and if you moved gracefully from question to question.
With all these considerations, you’re able to accurately rate your performance and identify areas where you can improve. This will help you be more confident during the next interview, whether it’s a follow-up with the same company or new opportunity.
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