The Post-Interview Checklist

You just finished your job interview, but you are not sure how you performed. As soon as the interview is over, go to a quiet location and use the following checklist to evaluate how you did, and take notes on how to improve for the next interview:

My Non-Verbal Communication
_ I maintained eye contact
_ I used positive body language
_ I consistently showed enthusiasm and energy
_ I did not fidget or otherwise show nervousness
_ I was appropriately dressed

Verbal Communication
_ I avoided filler words such as “Umm”
_ I spoke slowly and provided clear responses to questions
_ I emphasized my strengths and highlighted my top skills
_ I used proper grammar and avoided using acronyms
_ I provided specific examples of my accomplishments and strengths with C.A.R. stories
_ I paused to organize my thoughts prior to responding to difficult questions
_ I kept all of my answers under 2 minutes

_ I remained positive throughout
_ I showed self-confidence
_ I expressed well defined career goals
_ I showed my personality (e.g., likable, charming, funny)
_ I had good chemistry with the interviewer
_ My answers were consistent
_ I finished strong (summarized my case, expressed my enthusiasm for the job and the company, and sold myself as an outstanding candidate)
_ I demonstrated that I researched the organization
_ I asked good questions at the end including asking about next steps

For my next interview, I should focus on improving:

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Steven Steinfeld

Steven is the owner of Steinfeld Coaching. He is an acclaimed career and job search author, speaker and coach to professionals, including new grads (3 Steps to Your Best Job Ever – 2nd Edition) and international students (3 Steps to Your Job in the USA - Go from F-1 to H-1B). His seminars and workshops are sponsored by more than a dozen colleges and universities, as well as many career services organizations. He also currently provides one-to-one career and job search coaching to the Fast-Trak and Executive MBA students at Northern Illinois University and the international students at InternshipDesk.