INTERVIEWS / JUL. 11, 2013
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How to Cope After a Bad Interview

Knowing how to recover after a bad job interview is paramount to moving on and achieving job seeking success. There must be a valid reason why the interview went downhill, so find out why! Don’t allow your bad experience to get you down and dampen your motivation to find your dream job.

Here are some helpful tips on how to recover after a bad interview:

#1 Reflect

Ok, so you have just been given the bad news – you didn’t get the job. Before you do anything else, sit back and reflect on how well (or bad) you think the interview went. If you believe it went badly due to your own issues such as nervousness, then this can be rectified for future interviews. However, if you believed the interview went very well and you are now left confused as to why you didn’t get the job, you need to get feedback!

#2 Get feedback

This is vital in understanding why you didn’t get the job. You can request feedback from the employer directly, or if this is not possible, you can go to the recruitment agency who forwarded your resume to the employer. Either way, getting feedback is essential.

#3 What did you find out?

Is the reason for you not getting the job believable, fair, or acceptable? If not, you need to do something about it. If you have found out that the reason behind your nonexistent job offer was due to a discriminatory factor, then you are perfectly within your rights to take legal action. If however, the reason was based upon something which you did, and which you can identify with, then it is a case of ‘learning from your mistakes’.

#3 Learn from your mistakes

Ok so you have found out the reason you didn’t get the job, now it is time to learn from your mistakes. You need to recognize which of your actions helped to impress the interviewer, and which didn’t, and the simplest way of doing this is to draw up a list of your Do’s and Don’ts to help you remember.

#4 Follow your do’s and don’ts list

Your list should be clear and easy to follow. Ensure that you write down everything that you need to avoid doing in future interviews, and remind yourself of your plus points too. If you constantly look at what you did wrong and things you must avoid, you could begin to lose motivation and get depressed.

#5 Move forward

Whilst taking the time to reflect on your failed job interview experiences, it is important that you do not lose sight of what is really important – getting a job! Keep applying for jobs in the meantime and network on social media sites to expand your contact list.

The main thing to remember, is not to let disappointment override your motivation and confidence to succeed in your next interview. The best of candidates will get knocked back at some point in their lives, so just take all the feedback in and learn from your mistakes. 

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