Gaining feedback from an interview, especially when you have been unsuccessful, will prove invaluable when preparing for and attending interviews in the future.
If you are applying through an agency, as a neutral third party, they should be able to provide you with good quality feedback. If you have applied directly, contact the company to gain as much information as possible. Some companies have strict policies about not providing feedback but others will be more accommodating and can provide you with important information on how to improve. Although this feedback can sometimes make for uncomfortable listening it will allow you to consider the way you prepare and behave in future interviews. Also, by demonstrating your professionalism, if the first choice falls through, you may be reconsidered for the position or for future positions.
As the interview comes to a close you will want to leave the interviewer with a good final impression. You should reiterate your interest in the job and the company, and say that you look forward to hearing from them shortly. If you are dealing with an agency, you can give them your feedback as well as asking about the interviewer's feedback. To further help your chances, write a brief letter, thanking the person who interviewed you for their time and reaffirming your interest in the job.
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