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We are on Day 28 of the 30 Day Job Search Challenge. Today I want to give you a job interview follow up activity that most people will never do. It is important that you do not skip this step that I am about to give you because it will significantly improve your chance of landing an offer in the days ahead.
As an Executive Recruiter, I talk with my candidates 5 minutes after the interview to get there thoughts, impressions, questions, and insights. Most of the candidates I speak with right after the interview are on brain overload.
They are trying to digest all of what just happened and they are trying to remember the questions that were asked and their own responses to those questions. It really is a lot to take in especially if you met numerous people in the interview process. So, here is what you must do:
Day 28 – Write Down a Summary of the Interview
You need to take a few minutes while everything is still fresh in your mind and “brain dump” everything out on a piece of paper. That way you will not forget important information like names, titles, important “hot buttons,” and critical information.
Here is a list of questions that you can use to get started. You might even want to print out a list of questions that you can answer after the interview.
Names & Titles of People I Met Today
How long was the interview?
What is my summary of the opportunity?
What are the most important aspects of my background that would be important for this role?
How could I have sold myself better?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how interested am I in this opportunity?
If not a 10, what would make it a 10?
What are my strengths as a candidate for this position?
What are my weaknesses as a candidate for this position?
What do I need to do to take the next step?
How could I better my chances?
What questions should I ask if I get called back for another interview?
There are many more questions that you could ask yourself, but this will get you started. Don’t pass over this important job interview activity. Sometimes all we see is the offer and that is our only focus, but I want to advert your attention back to the process. If the process breaks down, there will be no offer. So, make your list of questions and get started! Lastly, do not forget to send interview follow up emails to your prospective employer.
DO IT NOW Task – Download the Interview Summary PDF
I have conveinently taken all of the questions above and placed them in a PDF document that you can print out. Take this document and fill it out immediately after you have a job interview. It will help you to remember what happened as well as any other important information while it is still fresh in your head.
Download Here: Job Interview Summary PDF