Job Interview Reflections

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This blog follows on from yesterday’s about job interviews.

I had my job interview this morning and now I am reflecting on how I could have improved my performance. Below are some of my reflections that may be useful next time.

1. I didn’t have a really good handle on the nuts and bolts of the job. I should have asked a lot more questions when I rang up to ask about the vacancy. I could then be more specific in my responses and be relevant to the job role.

2. I was taken by surprise with one panel member participating via video conference. This made it a little difficult to make eye contact and respond to that panel member.

3. I should have asked how much time they expected the interview to go for. I could have given a lot more information than I did, but I didn’t want to overdo it either. If I knew how much time I had I could have paced myself better.

4. I didn’t refer to any of the information I prepared beforehand, however, it was still worth doing as it made me do more research and think more deeply about my answers.

5. There is a lot to think about – with each response I tried to use relevant examples but I also wanted to use more recent examples. Some of my answers related to jobs I had much earlier in my career. It is a bit like studying for an exam – do I go into great depth on one topic or do I broadly touch on a range of examples?

In summary, I did the best I could with what I know. I will now try to let go and await a phone call or letter in the post. If I am not successful, the experience wasn’t wasted – life (and job interviews) involves ongoing learning and growing 🙂 Nothing is lost!

cheers

Lorraine

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8 thoughts on “Job Interview Reflections

  1. All any of us can do is “the best we can, based on what we know at the time.” If you were half as articulate and thoughtful in your interview as you were in your post, I’m betting you made a very good impression indeed. I’ll keep my toes crossed for you! (I need my fingers for typing. 🙂

    • Hi, thanks for crossing your toes for me and for your kind words!

      I had a second interview today and have been offered the job. I am really happy about that.

      Have a good day

      cheers
      Lorraine 🙂

  2. I hear you! Oh God, how I hear you! And thank you for this excellent post! I have been undergoing series of job interviews for the past 10 months myself so I know exactly what you are talking about and I have exactly the same feelings after almost every one of them as you describe above. Thank you so much for posting this and I wish you best of luck!!! 🙂

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