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- Understanding interview formats
- Anticipating questions and preparing answers
- Researching potential employers
- Establishing good body language in the interview
- Reviewing your performance
- Answering questions using the Situation-Action-Result method
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Once you've completed the interview, you're in the final stage, follow-up. A crucial step is to assess your performance; how well did you do? I think this is one of the most important steps. You want to think about what went well and what didn't. You can use this information to highlight your strengths and improve your performance for future interviews. An excellent way to assess yourself is through performance-based techniques. Interviewers often use this in their own process to analyze candidates.
To do this we've provided an Interview Performance Template in the Exercise Files. To analyze your performance, you'll first want to outline the factors that will make a successful candidate in their organization. Start with what the interviewer focused on and list these first. Then go back to the job description and identify areas that came up in the interview and that you feel are important. Put these in the first column. Next, for each of these factors, put an example you used in the interview.
Take the time to reflect on your answers to determine how strong they matched up with each need. Third, rate how you performed on a scale of 1-5; 1 being unqualified and 5 meaning exceeds qualifications. Think of yourself as the employer, what score would you give yourself for each of these factors? If you didn't perform well in certain areas, take this opportunity to go back to develop sample questions and practice them.
At this point you may decide that this isn't the right organization or role for you. If you feel this way, you should write a note thanking them for their time and explain that the position isn't right for you. If this is the right organization for you, you'll want to write your thank you notes so that they emphasize your strengths, which I'll demonstrate in the next video.