Interview Feedback Questions
Continuous failures at job interviews make candidates feel disappointed. The dejection is understandable, given the efforts candidates put in for an interview. However, if candidates employ wrong techniques, then it will hardly make a difference in their interview performance.
After an unsuccessful interview, make it a point to review your overall performance at the interview. Rate every aspect of your interview from the beginning to the end. Try to figure out the areas where you might have gone wrong and need improvement. Similarly, make notes of your positive points too. Such evaluation will help you to compare your good points with the bad ones.
As soon as you have done this, it is important that you shift your focus to develop questions for the feedback. Make sure your questions are designed in such a way that you can get helpful information. Following are the questions that you may ask the interviewer. Do not forget to make notes of their observations.
- What were the main areas of problem in my interview?
You can start off with this generic question so that you know in which specific area you need to emphasize. Try to get information about the large sections where you might have lacked.
- Was I lacking in preparation (about the company/ job profile/ submission of documents)?
Ask specific questions about your preparation skills. If you were not up to the mark, ask them what kind of preparation was expected from you.
- Did I say any wrong fact about the company?
Sometimes this could be the reason for rejection. Not knowing about the company you are applying to, interprets your lack of interest. Improve your research skills based on this information.
- What were the good points in my interview?
It is absolutely necessary to know the areas of your expertise. You can refine these skills of yours for the coming interviews.
- Did I lack in answering to your questions completely?
Sometimes, candidates speak a lot while replying to a question, but they hardly provide an answer. In such cases, while the candidate feels that he has spoken a lot, the interviewer feels the question is not completely answered. If possible, ask them to provide an example to help you understand better.
- How was my overall attitude towards the interview?
A wrong attitude can put off the interviewers. You may have portrayed a wrong attitude without your knowledge. Often, during the course of interview, candidates get defensive, or aggressive, or simply give up. Try to know how you behaved and get this information to alter your attitude in future.
- What would you say about my body language/ non-verbal signs?
Recruiters are experts at deciphering non-verbal signs. You may have to work a lot to improve your body language as it is not an easy process.
- Compared to the other interview candidates, what were the major points that I lacked?
This question will give you a general overview and your standing against the other applicants.
- How was my manner of speech - too harsh/ loud/ soft/ aggressive/ offensive?
You manner of speech and tone of voice also matters a lot. This may seem as a negligible factor to consider. However, these things do matter when recruiters make a decision.
- Do you have any comments about my appearance/ presentation?
Like your body language, tone of voice and other non-verbal signals, your appearance too are considered and evaluated. Learn their observations and take steps accordingly.
- Would you like to add any other comments or suggestions for me?
Objectively consider their suggestions and comments.
However, before you conduct this session with the interviewer make sure you do these three things.
- Convince the interviewers with the reasons that prompted you to receive a feedback from them
- Make sure none of your questions/ statements offend/ accuse the interviewers
- Thank them for their time and consideration for this session
An interview feedback is a good tool to give you an honest opinion about your performance. Use this constructive criticism to erase as many negative points as possible.