After the interview

Review your performance

It is a good idea to do this as soon as possible while the details are still fresh in your mind. Making notes now will help you improve for future interviews, so do not wait to hear whether or not you have the job first. Think through the structure of the interview, the questions you were asked and how you answered them. Ask yourself the following:

  • What first and lasting impression do I think I made?
  • Did I do my very best or is there anything I could have done better?
  • Was I fully prepared?
  • Which questions did I not feel confident about answering?
  • Is there anything I forgot to say or ask?

If you do not get the job

Do not take it personally and do not get downhearted. Competition for jobs is tough and only one person can be given the role. Be positive and learn from the experience. Most employers, if you ask, will give you some feedback as to why you were unsuccessful. This will help you identify points you need to work on for your next interview.

Keep applying for jobs and you will get better and more confident with each application form you fill in and interview you attend. Be persistent and do not give up.

Further information

Useful books

  • 101 Dynamite Answers to Interview Questions: Sell Your Strength!, C. R. Krannich and R. L. Krannich, Impact Publications (1999)
  • Excel at Interviews, P. McBride, Lifetime Careers (Wiltshire) (2000)
  • I Can’t Believe They Asked Me That!: 110 Tips and Techniques to Quickly Prepare for a Tough Job Interview, C. R. Krannich and R. L. Krannich, Impact Publications (2005)
  • Sell Yourself in Any Interview: Use Proven Sales Techniques to Land Your Dream Job, O. Adler, McGraw-Hill Education (2008)

Interview techniques to help you get the job