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What to do When the Interview Doesn’t go your Way

Step 1 – Prepare, Step 2-  Prepare again and Step 3 – Enjoy the opportuni

Everyone has been there… you missed out on a role and, of course, it is disappointing.  Especially in the instances when you really wanted the job, could already envision yourself walking into the office each morning, those are the hardest to rationalise.

Keep in mind that there will be more opportunities.  There will be more interviews, more jobs, and most likely more rejections.  There is a reason for why you did not receive the job and often it is not because of your performance, skills, or capability.  For a company to hire a new employee they must feel that the person is the perfect fit. It is a two-way street. Even if you originally felt it was the “ideal” position, there was something the interviewer noticed that did not align.

It can help to think of a missed opportunity as simply as a roadblock.  You did not fail. You did not fail yourself and you did not fail the company.  You did, however, miss working in a job that you were not suited for and you did miss working in a company that was not suited for you.  Again, it is a two way street.

Obviously, it is easier said than done.  When you have worked hard and felt confident about an interview, sometimes our emotions get in the way of our rational.  Consider that you are not the only one that is feeling this way. Besides the hundreds of people that receive job rejections daily, consider the other people that applied for the same job as you did.  Only one person made it all the way. The competition in the job market is intense and immense. As there are people being hired, there are ten fold that are not. A number of people miss out and you are definitely not alone.

The mistake to make is getting stuck after this happens and ruminating on the fact you were not successful instead of turning it into a learning experience.  Every interview you attend helps to improve your performance and hone your skills if you take the time to reflect. Ask yourself:

  • Did you prepare?
  • Did you research the company?
  • Were you clear about why you wanted the job?
  • Did you struggle to answer some of the questions?  If so, how would you answer them now?
  • Do you need to give better examples when an interviewer is asking behavioural based questions?

Preparation and interview technique are critical but the single most important thing to remember with each interview is that you are one step closer to getting a job.  You have to keep applying, you have to remain positive, and believe that great job is ahead if you keep trying. Good luck!

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