Employment Interview Self-Critique
30 Points



This assignment asks you to provide an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses based upon your employment interview (on videotape). Focus your critique on the elements of interviewing central to the areas of current interest in the term. Consider your ability to appear confident, create a favorable impression, listen and respond effectively to questions, your ability to provide behavior specific responses to questions asked and your ability to ask questions effectively in the interview and your approach to the closing.


1. Begin by viewing your video. The library has VCRs for your use. View your interview once for how you appear (leave the sound off) and a second time for how you sound (turn up the volume). Take notes by keeping a list of strengths and weaknesses.

2. In your typed analysis identify at least four strengths and four weakness and describe how you recognized them through the video, be specific. For instance, "I noticed I failed to provide specific examples of my leadership skills when asked. I appeared to skip right past this key skill. For instance, ..."

3. After describing the strengths and weaknesses explain what you can do to ensure the strength in your next interview and what you will do to improve on your area of weakness. For instance, "To avoid stumbling when asked about future plans, I will take some time to consider and review typical interview questions prior to my next employment interview."

4. Bring your paper to a close with a summary of main points and some closing comment.

Remember your critique should be typed, double spaced and include specific suggestions for improvement. The assignment is due within one week of your receiving your video tape.

Some materials may be borrowed from Interviewing Principles and Practices, by Stewart and Cash.
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Last modified: March 20, 2007