Congratulations, you’ve made it this far! You did your homework, prepped your resume in just the right way, and landed the interview for the dream job. You dressed to impress and made sure to have a firm handshake. And you walk out of the interview feeling… what? How do you know if you’ve nailed your interview?
There are three main categories from which you can rate yourself and evaluate how well you carried yourself through the last step before landing the job.
It’s important to gauge how the interviewer reacted to you and your responses during the interview process through body language. Were their hand and body positions similar to yours? Were they making eye contact with you as you answered their questions?
These are two tell-tale body language indicators to judge whether the interviewer was receptive to what you put forth. If you felt that there was symmetry between your eagerness to participate in the interview as well as the interviewer, give yourself a pat on the back.
How was the flow of conversation during the interview? How engaged was the interviewer in your responses? Did you inquire into their position and experience with the company? You want to strive for organic conversation where there is a natural balance of questions and answers on both ends. This interview is as much for you to assess your fit for the role as it is for the interviewer.
Preparation: Know the job and know your resume
The interview process begins way before you meet face-to-face. How well did you know the job description before going in to the interview? Did you prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer? Knowing the role inside and out is a sure way to score high on your self-evaluation.
The goal here is to prove you’re a good fit for this role, but are able to go above and beyond what they’re asking for. It will help you to focus and hone your responses to the company’s brand beliefs, proving that you can help to propel its vision, values, and business strategy. Being crystal clear on your roles and responsibilities gives you the advantage in managing the conversation while also giving you the opportunity to clarify any issues or questions regarding the position you’re applying for.
You should also know your own work history and experience inside and out. It may seem obvious, but it is surprisingly common when an interviewee fails to recall duties and tasks from past jobs. Did you prepare situational responses where a problem presented itself that you were able to resolve?
Remind yourself of where you excelled and be sure to bring this fire power to the interview. The more “yes” responses to the questions posed above, the better. (Though keep in mind that a “no” may not be negative, since different companies have different interview styles.)
Remember that there is only so much you can control in the interview process. If you feel you had a handle on these 3 categories in the interview, you should feel good about yourself! The congratulatory phone call will be ringing before you know it.