Introduction Reflection is a process that enables nurses to explore and evaluate clinical situations and hence identify areas of improvement for future practice. This reflection paper will evaluate the interviewee and interviewer’s performance and thoughts during the interview process. Interviewee’s reflection The panel welcomed the interviewee and gave some time to settle. This helped me to reduce the anxiety level and nervousness. When entering the interview room, I tried not to show my nervousness and control my anxiety by putting a smile, talking in an appropriate tone.
I sat down in an open and attentive posture in order to impress the panel members. During my interview process, I used good communication skills such as verbal and non verbal communication, maintained good eye contact and used appropriate gestures where applicable, as well as paying equal attention to all the members in order to create a broader picture. Furthermore, I kept my answers clear, short, precise and straight to the facts in order to avoid rambling and getting of the track.
On the other hand, I was having negative thoughts about my performance in the interview that I could answer wrongly or have a total mental block. This could be improved by practicing interview skills, being your self and having exposure to more relevant knowledge in that area. I also felt that the content of the information I gave was inadequate and may not be recognised by the panel members as succinct enough to answer their questions. Interviewer’s reflection
The interview panel member explained the procedure of the interview to give an overall picture of the interview process. The interview panel created a friendly and welcoming environment which helped to reduce the anxiety level in the interviewee, and also interview was conducted in a professional manner by using appropriate language and questions relevant to the job advertised. All the questions were asked at a regular pace and the interviewee was given ample time to respond to the questions.
The interviewee was given opportunity to raise any issues of concern regarding the interview. Note taking during the interview process enabled the interviewers to reflect on the answers given by the interviewee to determine the grades awarded at the end of the interview. Use of open ended questions during the interview process helped to assess the knowledge of the interviewee. All the panel members used appropriate facial expressions as well as good gestures to maximise the interviewee’s response to the questions.
Despite the success of the interview, we had some issues of concern during the interview process. We had feelings that some of the questioning was too fast and hard to comprehend by the interviewee. We felt that the tone of the voices might not be clear to the interviewee due to cultural differences of the panel members. The panel members and the interviewee felt that the interview may have been more successful if the group had implemented a rehearsal prior to undertaking the video taped interview.
The panel members also felt that it would have been more appropriate if we added more questions to assess the candidate’s level of competence. Conclusion The interview was conducted in a relaxed and professional atmosphere which foster understanding between the candidate and the interviewers. The interviewee showed keen interest as the right candidate for the job through professional presentation and verbal response. Reflecting on the thoughts, feelings and performance of the interview will help to improve the preparation for the real life interviews in future.