Cognitive interview: 3 tips you do not expect

3 tips to deal with the next stage to cognitive interview and increase your chances of being hired. There are many articles and tips on how to prepare for an interview. What to wear, what attitude to take, how to prepare the questions, how to smile, and so on and so forth?

Of course, to best prepare the cognitive interview is crucial. Yet there is an equally important step that must be taken into consideration, and is the one immediately following.

Let’s start from the end: you just greeted the person who interviewed you, you’re out of the headquarters of the company to which you sent your application and now … Yeah, and now?

Here the 3 steps essential to follow at this time, that

  • They will help in the coming talks (of course, we hope this went well, but as long as you do not know …)
  • They will remain imprinted in the minds of the breeder
  • will help you to deal with the waiting period of the response with the best mental attitude can
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1. Take notes of your cognitive interview

Just out of the conversation, open a note on the phone or a page of your agenda. Pinned all the questions you were asked and the main points of the answers you gave. There are two reasons for doing this …

  • If you call to a later interview, you can prepare even better advantage of the information they gave you and speaking their own language.
  • Many of these questions will also be made in subsequent talks.

Capitalizes on this experience. Relive the interview thinking back to your answers with critical spirit , trying to look from the outside as if you were the sorter and I were to examine yourself. Be objective but do not be hard on yourself. Remember that everything contributes to your experience.

It can help bring these questions

  • Were there any questions that you have placed in crisis, to which you have not been able to respond or for which you have had moments of hesitation? Ask yourself why and think how you answer the next time such a question. Not fossilization on the single question / answer and not learn anything by heart, take it rather as an operating flexibility. Will be useful to avoid being crowded out the next time you ask “if she was a sweet, what kind of sweet would it be?” Believe it or not, a colleague of mine in Google have asked this question in the first interview.
  • What questions you feel you have answered well? Try to understand what worked for replication in your future talks. How do you find that you have responded well to a given question?

First: You answered while you were feeling at ease and perfectly master the subject and situation.

Second: It was a nod of assent, or positive exclamation by the breeder, you’ve had the distinct impression that the answer you gave is much liked by those who make the decision to hire you or not.

  • Were there any questions that you answered “so-so” and why do you think you could better express your preparation? No matter, as long as you do the next time you get ready; that it is doing more research on the role, company often, not to make us get a job is the inability to fully express that we are the ones the person they are looking for. And there is a real lack of skills.

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2. Thanks

An interview is a meeting spot with a company where they do questions and you give answers, hoping that in the end they decide to hire you. From the moment, you choose to submit your application, that company begins with a process and a relationship that will be your concern cure.

Do what you would do with a client you are courting, and with whom you have recently had an initial meeting to talk to them about your company (yourself) and your services (your skills and competences). In the next 24 hours to the interview (not later) to remember to send an email of thanks.

Nothing fancy. Simply thank the person (or persons) who interviewed you for the time you have dedicated to you and confirms your interest in the position. Maybe briefly mention one or two salient points you have discussed.

You show that you understand what are the challenges that the company is facing and what would be your contribution if they chose you.

As well as a gesture of courtesy, this is a move that will help you stay imprinted in the minds of recruiters, giving you looked very professional and proactive.

Mind you, if someone much more qualified than you are present at the interview, it will not be an email to make a difference. But if you beat with the other candidates, these are details that will give you an extra boost.

3. Forget


  • You did what you needed to capitalize on what happened in this cognitive interview in subsequent years.
  • You’ve sent an email of thanks to give a nudge to your application.
  • You called your mom, your boyfriend, your best friend, to tell them how it went.
  • It took a big ice cream with double cream because, well, after all that tension frankly you deserve it (… no, maybe this is me).

Marks by when you should receive feedback by the company, and a date in which to do follow-up in case you have not yet made live, put a reminder … and move on.

Really. Remove completely from your mind this interview and this position and focused on the next steps.

Job hunting is a marathon. You cannot slow down while continuing to look back and thinking about the facts km or how you could make them better. Just think about those in front of you.

And do not get caught by the syndrome of “blue jobs”. One for which “Oh God, that role is so interesting. It’s what I want to do. Only this is the right company for me. If I do not take them that I do? But they are past 24 hours and still have not called me! Who knows when you will call me … Why do not they call me?”

And remember that the right job is not only what appeals to you, but also the one for which you get choice. In short, a bit as in relationships; the success is all in reciprocity.

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