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Ztek Tips: After the interview…Stop Obsessing

Ztek Tips: After the interview…Stop Obsessing

The other day someone asked me about how often I”m asked about post-interview behavior and where the line is between thoughtful hindsight and borderline obsession. ? I know, it’s a question about a question, but one that deserves a little attention. ? After all, how often have you or someone you’ve known had an interview they thought went (fill in the appropriate adjective here), but then, after serious reflection and an unusually lengthy period of hearing nothing from the interviewer or interviewer’s company representative, come to a different conclusion that the interview actually went (fill in completely opposite adjective based on no new information)? ? It happens.

It’s human nature to dissect one’s own performance, particularly with something so critical as a job interview. ? The trick is not to get so caught up in analyzing every micr0-detail that you start to extract negative information that could impact your day-to-day behavior. ? The interview is over and you can’t help but sigh with relief. You made it through and it? wasn’t? as bad as you thought it would (or maybe it was, but hey it was a good? experience).

Now, you might think you are in the clear and all you have to do is wait. ? While it is true that waiting is the next step, it is not that easy. Some even find it more? difficult between the time the interview has been completed to the time they hear back? from the company on whether or not they received the position.

Best advice ? – unless you discover that you have given the interviewer misinformation, don’t continue to go over your answers again and again. If you look for flaws you will find them. It is? unnecessary torture. Keep yourself busy and if you are on a serious job hunt, continue with your search and put the interview on the back burner until you hear back. ? If you did? provide wrong information that would be crucial to a decision you may want to consider following up to correct the wrong depending on what it was. If it was for a driving job? and they asked if you have had any speeding tickets in the past three years and you said? yes but later discovered it happened four years ago – definitely call. If on the other hand,? you were quoting sales results and underestimated the number of sales you made; it would probably be best left as it was.

Keep yourself busy as you wait for an answer from your interview. ? And if it happens that you? didn’t? get the job, then use it as a learning experience. ? If there were questions you wished? you would have answered differently at least you know that now for the next interview.

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