After each employment or networking interview, obtain as much feedback as possible about your performance. Ask about the key issues which determined how decisions were made; where you may have gone wrong; how you can improve next time; what impressions you gave and how you can manage these more effectively in the future. Open a file detailing these, then take action to remedy any faults. This is all part of your damage repair.
- Seek the opinions of close colleagues, relatives, and friends whose views you value and trust in terms of how you they see you and how you could improve the image you wish to project. Listen carefully to their comments and criticisms, but endeavor to see these as constructive and helpful rather than hurtful and damaging to your ego and self-confidence.
- Construct a check list of the qualities by which you would wish to be seen, such as decisive, determined, energetic. Then ask how others see you - dogmatic, cynical, superior! If there is considerable variation, ask others how they would wish you to alter your behavior.
- Establish a list of key phrases, words, and abbreviations that form the 'tech-speak' within your particular field or profession. Understand precisely what they mean, keep up to date with new examples (very important in the IT world) and use them sparingly but appropriately when meeting selectors or establishing contacts.
- Collect from colleagues and friends a set of searching and difficult questions. Then construct answers to each one, ensuring these are concise and accurate. Use this to display your competence and to demonstrate your technical and communication skills. This is your chance to show others what you know and what you can deliver. Your expertise and performance.