How to give interview feedback (and how not to)
By Ross Huggett, Developer at Design Pandr
Warning: This article contains profanity.
The title may sound obvious but I remember I got some interview feedback once which made me feel really upset at the time. I did a technical test and they described what I had done to be
“a bit messed up”
and that I had done
“another evil singleton.”
It went on to say it was
and that I had done a
“very wrong implementation.”
This came after weeks of chasing the organisation for feedback. I wished I hadn’t at the time. Having your work being describes as messed up, evil and weird really fucking hurts.
But then I realised that I wasn’t a good cultural fit for that organisation. If I had gone there, I would have only get frustrated.
Comparing that with another piece of feedback I got from another company, there was a big difference.
The feedback came almost instantly, and it started with positives. It described where I went wrong with respectful language, and suggested how I could improve things. It offered words of encouragement like:
“I believe that you are totally capable to get there.”
“You just need a bit more practice.”
Makes a difference, doesn’t it?