Do You Suck at Interviews? Take This Quiz to Find Out
Maybe your last interview went great, but you didn’t get a call after the interview. You’re stuck wondering what you did wrong and how you could do better, but you don’t know where to start.
Was it something you said? Or maybe your body language was not on point?
This is a common scenario that most of us face when we are going through the interview process.
We’ve created a simple 5-question quiz to help analyze your interviewing skills.
Tally up your score and see how you rank according to our grading scale. Then, check out some possible improvements at the bottom.
Take the Quiz
a. Would you look up the company?
- I would know their address
- I would know their address and logo
- I would know their address, logo, and mission
- I would know their address, logo, mission, and values
- I would know their address, logo, mission, values, and how I fit in
b. Would you be professionally dressed?
- I wore deodorant
- I wore deodorant and brushed my teeth
- I have the above and have clean and pressed clothes
- I have the above and shined shoes
- I have the above and my social media is clean
c. Would you know your interviewer?
- I know their name and title
- I know their name, title, and where they went to school
- I know the above and volunteer/outside of work hobbies
- I know the above, and their direct supervisor’s information
- I know the above and I know how I can relate to them
d. Were you memorable?
- I think so?
- I made sure to ask at least one question at the end
- I asked questions and I related to the interviewer
- I was sincere in my responses, asked questions, and related to the interviewer
- I did the above and impressed them by being prepared and taking notes
e. Did you follow up?
- I sent a generic email
- I sent a personalized email
- I sent a generic thank you card
- I wrote a personalized thank you card
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How did you score?
Add up your points and rate yourself according to our grading scale.
5 pts: Skip to Improvement Section Immediately
6 - 10 pts: Needs Improvement
10 - 15 pts: Below Average
15 - 20 pts: Average
20 - 25 pts: Above Average
This Is How to Improve
a. More than a Company Name
Websites are the window into a company.
Throughout their pages are scattered nuggets of information such as their mission, values, community outreach initiatives, and possibly high-level executive’s names.
Beyond a company, you need to make sure that their culture will match yours. Employers are looking beyond a resume to find an employee that will fit with their company. The best way to get a feel for a company’s culture is through their website.
Brush off your researching skills, it’s time to go digging for some information. This might be your employer for the next 2-5-10-20 years! It’s worth a shot to look into what they have done, what they are doing, and where they are planning to go.
b. Your Clothes are a Statement
“The clothes are you wearing are sending a message”, but is it what you want to share?
There needs to be time and effort into cultivating your own brand.
Dressing for an interview is more than superficial, what you put on your body is an extension of what you want to represent. Polished shoes and pressed shirts portray professionalism and control; the more you set a standard of excellence, the more it will become a habit.
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Beyond the clothing, employers are looking at your social media accounts and they don’t need to see you chugging a 40.
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Keep your Social Media Accounts on Lockdown
Or at the very least, keep them very clean.
The impression that you want to give about your brand needs to be consistent through all outlets.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media accounts are all fair game to an employer who is curious about you as you are of them.
Open a private tab on your browser and search your own name, is your Facebook rated G? Are you Tweets “safe for work”?
It might be time to do an inspection and realign your social media to the brand you are trying to illustrate at an interview.
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c. The Interviewer Is the Gatekeeper
This person is your first step into the company you’ve been researching.
You’ve done your due diligence in finding more about the company, you’ve created a personal brand in your clothing and online presence, now it’s time to wow the interviewer. An interview can be a very formal process, but you can still be a human being and have a personable interaction.
Imagine the interview is with a friend or peer and to help you do this, prior to the interaction conduct a brief investigation of the interviewer.
LinkedIn is a great source of public information such as university studies, groups they follow, organizations they are a part of or volunteer initiatives they care for. Having something in common with the person who is asking questions can make the process less stressful and it gives you something to talk about.
When the interviewer’s information is not available, fall back to your research on the company. Chances are the interviewer has similar values, missions, and community outreach interests that can help you relate to the person.
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d. You Did OK, but Will They Remember You?
Although some may vary in length, the hiring process can sometimes take weeks or months.
If that’s the case, you need to be memorable moments after the interview and throughout the decision-making process. When you’ve won your interviewer over with your commonalities and sincerity, this part is easier.
Being prepared before an interview is important and will show throughout the conversation. Practicing with a peer or even having some key points you need to address prior to the interview can help relax you and get you in the mindset of the event.
In addition to being prepared, you have to stand out from the other prospects. Asking strong questions at the end of the interview shows your genuine interest; these questions can stem from your intense research of the company or your curiosity regarding the position.
A nice touch is asking the interviewer about their experiences with the company, how they have progressed, what their favorite aspect of the organization is, or other similar questions.
Having a tablet ready with some predetermined questions and a list of those key points you wanted to cover can be a useful tool.
Taking notes during an interview might seem unusual, but can be helpful to circle back to specific things that you may need to clarify later on.
If anything, by asking “Can I take notes?” before an interview can create the illusion of preparedness even if you do not use it the entire time.
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e. Following Up is a Requirement
If you thought being silent after an interview was acceptable, it is not.
Too often people get left behind because they do not stay on top of the process. As mentioned before some hiring processes can take up to weeks and it is your responsibility to stay on top of it.
One of the strongest gestures is an initial thank you note to the interviewer.
A short and simple one or short two sentence note with a reference to something you wrote about in your notes is all you need. It’s called snail mail for a reason, so make sure you get it out in a timely fashion.
After a "Thank you" card, depending on the length of the process, a friendly reminder email or phone call is warranted. Take initiative, this your future.
Practice these tips for your next interview. Be a good friend, share the quiz and help them get ready for the best interview of their career.