Since you’re not going to get hired after every interview, it’s essential to be able to self-assess your unsuccessful performance and walk away from the experience having learned something. Below is a list of a few areas of the typical interview performance you should consider when evaluating your performance.
The first thing to consider is how much you were prepared for the interview. Did you do enough research on the company and the job? Was there anything you overlooked?
It’s also important to consider what conclusions you drew from your research and if those conclusions were valuable. If you did a lot of research but couldn’t use your findings to come up with solid answers, you need to figure out where your analysis went wrong. Don’t forget to include any research you did on the company culture and work environment.
Finally, it’s important to consider if you were prepared to properly present yourself. For instance, if you were late, you didn’t do a good job figuring out how to get there on time.
While you don’t have to hit it off with your interviewer to the point you become best friends, you do need to have a rapport and productive conversation. When asked easy and obvious questions, you should ideally respond to them in a natural way with relevant information. If your interview includes disagreements or awkward interactions, you should figure out the root cause of why they happened.
Challenging interview questions have become conventional. Employers want to evaluate how each applicant handles problem-solving under stress and to do so, many are asking unusual questions like, “If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?”
Questions like these are tough to anticipate. However, if you took your time to think through the problem, develop an answer and deliver it with confidence, you likely did okay. It’s fundamental that you are deliberate and confident when a curve ball comes your way.
Another difficult question is one about a blemish on your resume or any shortcomings. Being able to answer these questions goes back to being well prepared.
The nonverbal or body language aspect of an interview is the toughest to master, and it’s also the most difficult to assess. Since no company is going to let you set up a camera and film your body language during an interview, it’s up to you to think about any nonverbal missteps.
While most interviewers will chalk up awkward body language to being nervous, you should be concerned about any nervous tics or bad habits. Holding practice interviews with someone who isn’t a friend or family member and getting video of those practice sessions can help you identify any red flags.
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