Tips for overcoming failed job interviews
Job interviews are the toughest nut to crack even for those who have previous work experiences. Therefore, candidates or job seekers should not lose confidence in case they did not do well in their just concluded job interviews. The candidate may feel frustrated and discouraging when he or she finds that someone else had been appointed for the job that the concerned candidate really desired. However, bad interviews do not mean that the candidate is a failure nor it represents an end of job search. What matters most is how the concerned candidate responds to the situation.
Candidates or job seekers must consider a failed job interview as a lesson learned and apply the lesson to handle future job interviews. The following below mentioned tips would help the candidates in learning to overcome situations due to failed job interviews and in acing the next job interviews successfully.
1. Access the failure: The candidate must introspect about what went wrong at the interview and where the problems arose. It will be helpful if the concerned candidate objectively reviews his/her answers to the questions asked and subsequent interaction with the interviewer, how the concerned candidate presented himself or herself. The candidate must identify his/her weaknesses or missteps in these areas and figure out how he or she can do things differently in their next job interviews. Where the candidate has given one-word answers, he or she should think how to expand the answers to provide information that is more useful. The candidate must practice giving more serious and professional responses if he or she is habitual of giving casual answers.
2. Feedback from the interviewer: The candidate should not be shy of asking for a feedback from the interviewers later for their advice on how the concerned candidate can improve his/her performances in future interviews. The comments or suggestions provided by the interviewers might help in identifying the shortcomings that the candidate is unaware of or specific elements of the concerned candidate’s interviewing style that are putting off to be the potential employer. The candidate can ask the interviewer for specific examples and use the inputs thus derived for adjusting approach to next job interviews.
3. Prepare effectively for future interviews: The candidate must prepare well for future interviews by identifying the reasons behind the failure. For instance, if the candidate went poorly because of his/her inability to answer questions about the company that shows that he or she has not done enough or advanced research. In some cases, the candidates may be unable to answer the most standard interview questions such as about his/her ideal job or why he or she wanted this specific job etc. These and other issues can be addressed even by hiring the services of a job interview coach who can help the concerned candidate in strengthening his/her responses, improving professional appearance and demeanor and presenting himself/herself as the most eligible and impressive candidate to be employed by the organization.