INTERVIEWS / JUL. 24, 2013
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How to Recover from a Terrible Job Interview

Ok, so the worst has happened, your job interview went terribly and you can see your dream job disappearing into the distance. First thing you need to do is avoid panicking and assess the situation sensibly. Here are some helpful tricks and tips on how to recover from a bad interview…

Was it really that bad?

In your mind, you did awfully, but the recruiter may have thought you did exceptionally well. It is therefore important that you don’t panic unduly and instead, await for feedback from the recruiter. If you do receive poor feedback, then put the following plan of action into gear!

#1 Initiate ‘damage control’

Request the feedback in full. No matter how horrible it may be to hear the negative points, you need to know exactly what went wrong and what the recruiter now thinks of you as a candidate for the job.

Assess from the feedback whether your reputation and job application is salvageable; if it is, then begin drafting your letter.

Do not allow your confidence to be knocked and remain positive at all times; your job application may still be successful!

#2 The letter of salvation

If the interview went badly because you failed to mention important points, or you forget to inform the recruiter of certain skills and achievements you have had, then draft these important details in a concisely written email.

Begin the letter with a reminder of when your interview was and why you are emailing the recruiter, then state the relevant information that could sway the decision of the recruiter as to whether you get the job or not!

Your letter can be initiated as a ‘thank you’ note after the interview, allowing you to then get to the point of mentioned the relevant information.

#3 Too little too late

So, your thank you/apology letter didn’t go down as well as you hoped, you haven’t got the job and are now left wondering what to do; do not despair, it is time to put in the next plan of action.

Draw up a list of all the things that well badly in the interview, include the feedback from the interviewer and recruitment consultant, and draw in your own conclusions as to why things went so off route!

Once you have a list, study it, and draw up a plan of how you can overcome these issues to impress during your next interview.

#4 Best foot forward

Take on board all the advice given to you from the hiring company and recruitment firm and change what needs to be changed

Practice your interview techniques with your family or friends to ensure you are fully prepared and ready to impress


Understand that not every job interview will go well and this could be down to factors that are outside of your control. If the hiring manager was useless, then how can you perform well? Don’t always blame yourself and look at the situation objectively, you may just find that it was just not meant to be. 

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