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Reviewing with an After-Interview Checklist

After leaving a job interview, rate your performance with an after-interview checklist. Following a post-interview checklist can help you curb bad habits and become an expert at wooing hiring managers.

Here are the basic points to check:

  • Were you on time?

  • Was your personal grooming immaculate? Were you dressed like company employees?

  • Did the opening of the interview go smoothly?

  • Did you display high energy? Flexibility? Interest in learning new things?

  • Did you smile? Did you make eye contact?

  • Did you frequently make a strong connection between the job’s requirements and your qualifications?

  • Did you forget any important selling points? If so, did you put them in a follow-up e-mail, letter, or call-back?

  • Did you convey at least five major qualities the interviewer should remember about you?

  • Did you use storytelling, examples, results, and measurement of achievements to back up your claims and convince the questioner that you have the skills to do the job?

  • Did you make clear your understanding of the work involved in the job?

  • Did you show your understanding of the strategies required to reach company goals?

  • Did you use enthusiasm and motivation to indicate that you’re willing to do the job?

  • Did you find some common ground to establish that you’ll fit well into the company?

  • Did you take the interviewer’s clues to wrap it up?

  • Did you find out the next step and leave the door open for your follow-up?

  • After the interview, did you write down names and points discussed?

Think about the following questions to help you clearly identify your strengths and weaknesses on the job interview stage:

  • What did you do or say that the interviewer obviously liked?

  • Did you hijack the interview by grabbing control or speaking too much (more than half the time)?

  • Would you have done something differently if you could replay the interview?

Keep following up until you get another job or until you’re told you aren’t a good match for the position — or that while your qualifications were good, another candidate’s were better.

Even then, write yet one more thank-you note, expressing your hope that you may work together in the future. Sometimes the first choice declines the job offer, and the employer moves on to the next name — perhaps yours.

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