Would you pay for feedback on your interview?  

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April 2, 2019 4:04 pm  
Posted by: Anonymous

Hi Rich,

What an interesting topic - (legal issues aside for a moment), I'd probably focus on the type of feedback that would be the most useful for the interviewee. Assuming interviewing is a skill that can be developed, feedback would be valuable for an interviewee if it provided information about how to improve for the next interview; so "I'm sorry you're not a good fit" wouldn't be practical.

However, feedback on the content (interviewing competency) might be helpful. A proposed format could address common interviewing mistakes and generate a simple list of [least debatable] categories that may include:

- knowledge of the organization's mission
- negativity about previous employer/organization
- unprepared to discuss career plans/goals
- responses did not include relevant examples
- responses did not include specific examples
- did not provide professional references

I propose this fully aware that it assumes we function "in a perfect world"...

In general these are some of the key feedback points one could receive that would help (noted above).

However, I have found in most of my career, if I didn't get a job, the feedback was around depth of experience or "team-fit" ,  both of these I can't really do anything about.  For the prior, in generall, that depth of experience is what i'm trying to go for anyways, so at somepoint I would bank on a door opening elsewhere - and just cop it to that. nothing more.     Unfortunately meaningful feedback is hard to get because I actually do think most of is not useful!   I've interviewed many candidates in my time..and a key rejection reason for qualified candidates...lack of team fit. Translation: we don't want to work with you. No matter how you cut and dice it.  Rare it was a presentation, or lack of using examples..i do think people are pretty tooled up today.  

So its not personal, but people do take it as such.  So what do you do with that feedback..nothing. 

I do think alot of feedback can be obtained by self-introspection and reflection. Lets be honest, you do know when feel you've missed something, or you just didn't connect, etc. You know the big ticket items, if you're self-aware that is.   So that goes a long way too.

my two cents,


Dave Jensen
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April 3, 2019 5:14 am  

DX, that's just plain good two cents. Thanks you for the post.

I had a presentation I gave today to a new client prospect. The fellow is a CEO, a nice guy, fairly easy going (even though he's in a tough job as a startup company Chief Exec, pushing for funding and so on) and nice to talk to. He asked to talk to my colleague and I about the potential of a new search, and this kind of "interview" is so similar to the job seeker being phone interviewed. It's not much different. They'll spend a lot of money to hire a recruiter, and they spend a lot of money on people decisions too, so I think the situations are similar.

Anyway, I think I blew it. I had a large super caffeinated coffee right before my call and I was all amped up. I didn't give him the time in the beginning to warm up with friendly small talk. Instead, I jammed right into it -- making a big "pitch" and even running a bit rough over my colleague trying to get a word in. It was just not my style. Giving myself some feedback later, I realized the problems were of my own making (wanting the business a bit too much, drinking the triple espresso, etc). I didn't need my potential employer to give me feedback, I felt it and lived it. I knew what I did wrong the minute I hung up from the call. 

What can you do to make sure you are giving yourself accurate feedback? I don't know. I think that if you just try your best to "be yourself" in an interview, you'll be able to detect (especially with experience) when you veer off track and you don't sound like yourself any longer. That's the best approach.

Would I pay someone to give me additional feedback? Yes, of course I would. Is it worth it to pay for feedback? To answer Rich's initial question, YES. But there is no mechanism to do this, so the best you can do on most occasions is to do the self analysis as DX says.

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