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?

Whether an interview goes well or poorly, it’s good practice to reflect on the experience while it’s fresh in your mind. That’s why, if you apply for jobs through a recruitment consultant, they will almost always follow up with a telephone call the moment you get out of the room.

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?

Job interviews are nerve-wracking scenarios. If we’re honest about it, most of us will probably admit tripping over our words or saying something we didn’t mean. However, these are little things that if the interviewers noticed, they would probably forgive if they like you.

What action can you take?

Once you’ve identified one glaring blunder you would like to address, there are a couple of things you can do. If you applied for the job via a recruitment agency, your consultant should be your first port of call. Explain the situation to them as honestly and in as much detail as you can, and they will advise you on the best course of action.

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?

You can achieve success at job interviews after experiencing failure. The important thing is that you make an effort to learn from your mistakes.

  • 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?

Maybe nothing specific went wrong, but you generally feel that your interview skills are not up to scratch. If that’s the case, at least now you know what to expect next time, so you know what to prepare.

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

The important thing after a bad interview is not to over analyse the experience to the point that it drives you insane! Following the above steps can help you get over a bad interview experience and increase your chances of success next time.

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

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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