How to Get Over a Bad Interview Experience

Questions to Ask Yourself That Will Help You Get Over a Bad Interview

Was it really that bad?

Lady reflecting after a bad experience by making a list of points to improve in her journal
Journaling is an effective way of recording your post job interview thoughts and improving your techniques.

Is there anything you can fix?

What action can you take?

Man feeling down, wondering how to get over a bad interview?
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve totally flunked an interview for a job you really want. However, there are steps you can take which can help you recover, or at very least, improve your chances of getting hired next time.

How can you learn from this experience?

  • Did you prepare enough beforehand? If not, make a point to do more research next time.
  • Did you fail to give examples to any competency questions the panel asked? If so, review your cv and work out what examples you might give if those questions came up again in future.
  • Were you late? This is easy to resolve by setting off an hour earlier for your next interview. You can always take a book with you to read in the car if you’re too early.
  • How did you come across; were you nervous, or did you fidget? Remember, preparation is the key to beating pre-interview nerves.
  • Did you actively listen, or did you find yourself distracted? It’s a well-known fact that our attention spans are getting shorter, but practising meditation can help.

What if you can’t put your finger on anything in particular?

Recruitment consultant helping a candidate brush up on her interview skills.
Recruitment consultants are almost always willing to help candidates brush up on their interview skills.

A Few Final Thoughts on Recovering From a Bad Interview Experience

  1. What went wrong?
  2. What they would say or do differently if they had another chance.

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Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog

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