After each job interview you should take some time to assess what happened and whether you can learn anything from that interview that will help you in the next interview; design yourself a form that includes the following:
- The company name
- The name of the person(s) you had the interview with
- Position you were interviewed for
- Where you dressed appropriately
- Time you had the interview
- Did you arrive on time
- Friendly to everyone including the receptionist
- Maintained eye contact with the interviewer
- Spoke clearly and with purpose
- Did not interrupt the interviewer
- Supported all your answers with specific points of achievement
- Shook the interviewers hand firmly at the beginning and end of the interview
- Asked specific, intelligent that were not already answered
- Conveyed the benefits that you could bring to the company
- Presented a professional image
- Understood the next steps following the interview
- Gave the interviewer a new clean copy of your CV before leaving
To further evaluate your performance at the interview ask yourself the following questions and write your answers in as much detail as possible:
- What did I learn about the company that I didn’t know before the interview?
- What clues did I get from the interview about how interested they were?
- What would I do differently next time?
The file this sheet away in your job search log, and prior to your next interview re-read your evaluation sheets and remember the points you need to improve on from your previous interviews.
Writing these details down rather than just thinking them through in your mind after the fact will give you reference point to continually improve your chances of securing that next job by learning from the mistakes or under performances of previous interviews.