How to write good interview feedback

First, I want to thank you for doing this. By committing to giving good interview feedback, you’re not only helping out the candidate, but you’re also improving your company’s interview experience and hiring brand. It’s awesome to give good feedback 👍. To do so, however, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind:

Be honest and specific

To give helpful feedback, you’ll need to be both truthful and detailed. Candidates can tell if you’re just giving generic feedback to end the conversation. So be sure to give honest feedback and you’ll come across as earnest and sincere. However, keep the criticism constructive by sticking to topics directly related to the job requirements. Of course, honesty doesn’t help if you’re too vague. While you don’t need write down every interview detail, you should give specific examples. Precise examples give your feedback context and help candidates visualize what they can improve on.

Frame criticisms into actions

It can be difficult to take criticism, but it’s even more difficult if you don’t know how to act on it. Interviewees often get frustrated trying to figure out which actions they took led to the feedback they received. So it’s important that a good majority of your feedback is framed as actionable items. Instead of saying “our interviewers couldn’t follow your code explanations”, say “our interviewers think you can improve your line by line code explanations”. This makes it much easier for candidates to digest your feedback.

Sprinkle in the positives

Make sure your feedback is not focused only on what the candidate did wrong. While false praise should be avoided, it’s important to compliment the candidate on what went well. Make note of the candidate’s strong points and where he/she is most capable of improving. Not only does this soften the blow, but it also encourages the candidate to focus on becoming better. The candidate will see the interview as a valuable learning experience and may even consider interviewing with the company in the future.

These are just a few things you should consider when writing interview feedback. I’m sure there are many more, so please leave any tips you find helpful in the comments section. In the meantime, keep up the good work and pat yourself on the back for putting in the effort to writing constructive feedback that will delight your interview candidates.

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