Getting no interview feedback SUCKS! Here’s what you can do about it
Darn is it frustrating when you are not receiving the respect you deserve from the interview process? When you are left completely hanging, waiting for even the slightest sign of anything usable which could take you forward with your next attempt. Don’t worry, we have all been there! You want to know what went well… what didn’t go so well… so you can at least take learnings from each interview experience. Here are a few strategies that we have used over the years.
Hi guys and welcome back to another episode of [U-X Clicks 00:00:14], we’re here to help you kick-start and develop your U-X careers. Today, we thought we’d put together a quick video to help you with those really frustrating occasions when you’re out interviewing for jobs but you’re not getting any feedback. So, what do we do on these occasions?
Yeah, well it’s a really frustrating situation because if you don’t get any feedback from your interview, if you don’t get a job, you don’t know what you’ve done wrong and you don’t know how to sort of change or amend your ways of how you run interviews, how to prepare for the interviews. So, basically, you’re stuck, right?
There are three things that you can actually do in that situation and the thing number one is to ask for feedback at the end of the interview. Not necessarily to get the feedback but just explain to that other person how important it is to you to get the feedback. It doesn’t matter if it’s negative or positive feedback but I think if you explain it to that person how important it is to you, they will be sort of more eager to give you that feedback, right?
Yeah. Secondly, to that, you could, actually, even after your interview, send them a sequence of questions. You kind of are taking the time to construct some things that you think will be useful for you to have feedback on specifically. So, instead of leaving it to the person conducting the interview to come up with what they think will be valuable for you, you can kind of get ahead of them and preempt it by asking some questions. Like, what do you think my strengths were? How about weaknesses, what were they? The kind of how did they feel about your overall impression from you and your interview.
Yeah. You’re kind of giving them a head start.
Yeah, it’s just making it easier for them, right?
The thing number three, which you can call self-feedback, is something you can do straight after an interview and that is like reflecting on your interview, right? Straight after an interview, you can just take some notes before you know, you forget how it went and you know how quickly we forget things. Just write down certain things like you felt you were super amazing with and some questions you found really challenging and you can just improve based on that in the future, right? So, if something was causing you some issues and you were not sure how to reply to that, you can just do it again, at home, in your own time and be better prepared for next interview.
Yeah. It’s a good practice, like you would if you were conducting some user research and doing user interview, straight after the interview it’s quite good practice to write down three, four, five things that kind of stuck in your head about the interview. You take exactly the same approach with your own interview for the role write down three or four things that stuck in your head. You know, how did you do explaining X project? Y project was a bit long-winded, you could have cut it down. The interviewer didn’t like this and you struggled to answer your question. It just kind of gives you some things to work on for your next thing. Then, it’s kind of all down to you, you do it immediately, straight after the interview and then if they don’t get the feedback you’ve done your own little bit of analysis which will help prepare you for the next interview.
Yeah, that’s right. So three things we covered, thing number one, ask for your feedback straight after interview while still talking to the person that is interviewing you. Thing number two, send questions to the person that was having an interview with you, so making it easier for them to give you feedback that is informative for you. Number three, is to give yourself your own feedback as we all probably can do and we always feel when something was not quite right, so let’s just do that ourselves if we can.
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