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Job Interview Advice–How to Get Feedback After The Interview

January 21st, 2009 | admin | Job Interview Help

Getting Feedback After A Job Interview

Feedback can be a very important tool when evaluating your performance after a job interview. Getting feedback however, can sometimes be difficult as most companies tend to shy away from providing honest, valuable information opting instead to provide a generic answer that will insulate them from potential litigation in the future. Sometimes though, it is possible to get valuable feedback from an interviewer. Here are some tips to help increase your odds.

First and foremost, don’t be afraid to come out and ask. The odds of getting valuable feedback are nil if you don’t request it. If you are fortunate enough to meet with someone who is willing to provide you with on the spot feedback, remember to be appreciative and courteous even if you don’t like what the person had to say.

More likely than obtaining any immediate feedback is the possibility of getting some useful feedback as a product of later following up with the interviewer. An important step after any interview is to call the interviewer and thank them for their time. Ideally this is done within 24 hours of the interview while you are still fresh in their mind. This gives you an opportunity to solidify your interest in the position and confirms to the interviewer that your interest is serious.
One additional step to take is a follow-up thank you note. This is something the majority of candidates don’t do and it can help set you apart from others. It is also a good opportunity to once again confirm that you are a serious applicant and you can also solicit feedback. Seeing how genuinely you are committed, the interviewer may opt to contact you and provide you some valuable coaching.
If all attempts to obtain feedback fail, perform a self-review of your performance. If you are truthful with yourself, you will find you can learn a lot from an honest self-assessment.

By: Ross Fraser

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