If you’re like most people, after you leave a job interview, you can’t stop wondering how you did — and if you could’ve done better. While there’s no way to read the interviewer’s mind, giving your performance an honest assessment will allow you to gauge where you stand.
Hopefully, the truth won’t hurt, but if it does, use it as a learning experience. After all, you can’t grow from your mistakes if you don’t acknowledge them.
Ask yourself these three questions to determine how the interview really went.
Did you arrive on time?
Punctuality is crucial in a job interview. If you showed up late, the first impression you made was an inability to be prompt. From the interviewer’s prospective, if you can’t manage to show up on time for this initial meeting, you probably can’t be relied on to come to work by your scheduled start time each day.
With that said, arriving a few minutes late might not ruin your chances of getting the job. Every interviewer is different, so if the rest of the meeting went well, they might cut you some slack.
Were you confident and professional?
The manner in which you carry yourself during an interview can make or break your chances of getting the job. Think back to the meeting and be honest with yourself about your behavior. You have nothing to worry about if you dressed professionally, displayed confident body language — i.e., strong handshake, solid eye contact, good posture — and behaved in a dignified manner.
If things didn’t exactly go that way, you probably already have a gut feeling you could’ve done better. People are often harder on themselves than others are, so if you’re not confident about your performance, try to relax until you hear back from the interviewer.
Did you build rapport with the interviewer?
People hire candidates they like. If you felt a connection with the interviewer, it was likely mutual. Perhaps you bonded over a shared hometown, sports team, university or your personalities just clicked. No matter how you did it, be proud of yourself for building this rapport, because it definitely earned you points.
While establishing a rapport is crucial, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get hired. If you don’t get this job, enjoy confidence in knowing you have the charisma to really bond with an interviewer. Everyone doesn’t have this ability, so it is a very valuable attribute.
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