There is rarely, if ever, a time when you will be hired following one interview. Even if you will be hired by the company where you first interview, you will typically go through multiple rounds of interviews. A formal debrief of your interview will give you the information you need to refine and improve your performance.
Consider the following areas for a comprehensive debrief:
Were you well prepared for your interview. Did you know the company, the industry, the job and who would be doing the interviewing? Did you read the latest news about the company and were you aware of their latest successes and largest challenges? Did you develop 5-7 good insightful questions to ask? Did you prepare and bring printed bound copies of an interview presentation?
How well did you manage the interview?
Were you there on time, properly dressed and carrying the right things? Was your body language, energy level and listening skills good? Did your create a good conversation? Did you express interest in the job and thank the interviewer for their time? Did you use your interview presentation in the interview or at least give it to the interviewer as a leave behind?
How well did you handle the interviewer’s questions?
Had you anticipated and prepared for the questions? Did any questions surprise you and trip you up? Did you answer as many questions as possible using success stories?
How confident and relaxed were you?
How confident and relaxed were you going into the interview. How nervous were you during the interview?
How good was the interviewer?
Was the interviewer prepared and did she manage the interview well? Did she describe the job requirements, listen well and answer your questions. Did she put you at ease and establish a good rapport?
Positive VS Negatives:
What three or four things did you do particularly well and you want to continue? What three or four things did you do that needs improvement?
Debriefing an interview is a bit challenging because you have to evaluate your own performance. However, by reflecting on your performance in the above areas, particularly in writing, you will be focused and ready for your next round of interviews at the same company or next interview at another company.