Archive for February, 2013

Improve Your Interviews through Self Evaluation

The interview is the most important part of the job search process. It can also be the most frightening experience for some people. But, have heart. Effective interviewing techniques can be learned through practice and self-evaluation. To improve your interviewing techniques prepare questions for a self-evaluation and then answer the questions after each interview.

Here are some sample questions. Use these or modify them to fit your job situation.

  1.  Was I dressed appropriately?
  2. Did I have everything with me I needed?
  3. Was I confident about myself?
  4. Did I use a good handshake?
  5. Did I look the interviewer in the eye?
  6. Did I emphasize my best qualities?
  7. What went well?
  8. Was I relaxed, tense, shaking?
  9. Where was I weak?
  10. Did I talk too much?
  11. How did I do, in general?
  12. What can I do to improve?

Study the questions before each interview to remind yourself what is important then answer the questions as soon as possible after the interview. The longer you wait, the more you’ll forget. Jot down the highlights of the interview in the car while still in the parking lot after the interview. The quick notes you make can be expanded later to give you even more information. Better yet, use a tape recorder to answer questions and describe how you feel.

Remember, this is a learning opportunity. Be honest in your evaluations. Don’t be afraid to say so when you goof. But don’t beat yourself over the head if you do poorly. Write down the good and the bad and you’ll remember to do better next time. Without the evaluation and the learning process, a bad interview might be repeated over and over.

It takes practice to learn anything new and most of us don’t interview enough to become expert at it. Practice and self-evaluation are the keys to more successful interviews. Learn from your mistakes and keep applying for jobs. You’ll be better each time you interview until, finally, you’re hired


Sidney W. Frost, B.A., M.S.

The author's job-search advice has appeared in more than forty newspapers and other publications around the country. He has worked as a corporate recruiter in information technology and, as an IT supervisor has reviewed many applications and held many interviews over the years in both the private and public sector. His knowledge of the emotional impact of a job loss comes from his own experience as well as training received to help people who have lost jobs and faced other losses.

Mr. Frost is also the author of the Job Seekers' Attitude Adjustment Guide which is available in paperback and Kindle editions as well as two inspirational novels. See for information. His other blog, The Christian Bookmobile/ talks about reading and writing.

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