Unfortunately, interviews don’t always go to plan…
Whether you slipped up on your answers, prepared for the wrong questions, or nerves got the better of you – some interviews can leave you feeling like you’ve blown your chances. Luckily however, there are a few key ways to turn an interview fail into an interview win. No, really.
We’ve already covered how to deal with stress in an interview, but here are 11 things you should always do after a bad interview:
Nobody’s in the right mindset after a bad interview. So take a few hours to relax first – and revisit the experience later when you can see things in the right light.
Sure, you might’ve slipped up on a few questions (and/or the stairs), but remember: minor mistakes aren’t necessarily deal breakers.
Figure out where you went wrong
Once the initial embarrassment/anger/disappointment (insert other emotion here) has subsided – it’s time to pinpoint any not-so-perfect interview moments.
Learn from your mistakes
Even something as simple as cutting back on caffeine (AKA the main culprit of interview nerves) could make all the difference at your next interview.
But focus on the positives too
Trust us, there are some – and recognising them is essential to avoid falling into a pit of despair. It’ll also ensure you replicate your finer moments at your next interview.
Send a thank you email
This is a great opportunity to express your interest in the role, cover anything you forgot to mention at the interview, and thank the interviewer for their time.
Tell them what you really meant to say
If there are certain aspects of your skills that you wish you’d covered, now’s your chance. That way, the recruiter will know that the interview wasn’t fully representative of your abilities.
But don’t apologise (or waste time talking about your mistakes)
Unless you’re absolutely sure the recruiter caught your mistakes, avoid drawing attention to where you went wrong. Especially if you already apologised (excessively) in the interview.
Request a follow up interview
Your thank you email is also the perfect place to ask for a second chance. Even an extra 15 minutes of your interviewer’s time could be enough to turn things around.
Stop overthinking it
Overthinking is a dangerous game – so don’t make things worse by dwelling on one bad experience. And let’s face it, we all have a tendency to overdramatise the past…
Finally, never let a bad interview put you off all other interviews. Try, try, try again (and other, totally legit inspirational quotes).
If you’ve done all of the above but still didn’t manage to turn it around, don’t panic. Here’s how to deal with interview rejection, along with five things you should never do if you don’t get the job.
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