What Just Happened? Decoding the Job Interview

Anthony Haynes writes: I’m reblogging this post from Dr Marla Gottschalk’s Office Blend blog, not so much for the specific content as for:
1. the tone — after a job interview, it’s important somehow to get emotional control of the event. Dr Gottschalk’s blend of directness and lighthearted-ness (the informal categorisation, for example) seems a good way to do so. Her tone says, ‘Reflect – but don’t wallow’;
2. the mindset that says, when you reflect on an interview, cut through the superficial details and ask (as in the ‘My read’ sentences), ‘What was really going on?’ — it’s a good way of decentering.

The Office Blend

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There is plenty of advice out there concerning what to say and do, during an employment interview. However, I find there is little written about how to sort out the jumbled mess of feelings and observations that you are left with.  Even with the best of intentions and lists of potential questions — interviewing is not (and never will be) a perfect process. In some situations, you are not really sure what has actually transpired. In fact, you may leave feeling you know less about your potential future there, than when you began.

Over the years, I’ve experienced a number of job interviews. Interestingly, even with my training, I was a poor bet to predict the actual outcome. However, looking back, I could have nailed down the “gestalt” of the interview. This could have offered a few clues as to what might (or should) transpire next.

To be blunt, many…

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