It’s only normal to feel sad and unconfident after a failed interview. Don’t worry it happens to the best of us. The only thing you need to focus on is to not let it get to your head. And hey! if you extract lessons and learn from your mistakes, it wouldn’t be a “failed” interview after all.
So, here are 5 Tips you can follow to regain confidence and learn after a failed interview
Do Your Research: There a chance that you might have not researched about the company or you might have not done it properly. When you go to an interview, the interviewer expects you to know why you’re there, what interests you, why you want to work for that company and if you do your research properly, you can easily answer these questions. You don’t need to go in too deep just look at their website, LinkedIn company page, the profiles of CEOs, and other key employees. Find out what the company’s strengths are. It’s easy you can find all the details on the internet. If possible, talk to their employees they might give you a better insight about the workplace.
Pay attention to your clothes: If you don’t feel comfortable in your outfit, don’t wear it. Try going with a more comfortable, yet formal outfit. You don’t have to wear a tie suit, you could skip it and wear pants and a shirt instead. It’s important to dress according to the job you’re interviewing for. If you are interviewing for a job in a more informal work environment, you might wear a business casual outfit. These outfits are less formal than a suit but still professional and polished than a T-shirt and shorts. If you feel uncomfortable in your outfit, it can directly affect your confidence.
Feedback is Important: No matter how bad you think your interview went, always ask for feedback. Ask the interviewer how you did there or what else you can improve. Feedback will help you improve/work on the things that you need to work on. It’ll help you understand where you went wrong. And you can have a closure for why you got rejected/why the interview failed, which can eventually help you do better the next time.
Practice makes Perfect: Try taking mock interviews. They are available all over the internet. They will help you see how you’re doing. Another way you can practice is by asking a friend/ a family member to act as an interviewer (it’ll be difficult to control your laughter but try to bear it). You can additionally read interview experiences written by others. And remember, if you practice enough, failure and rejection will stop bothering you.
Don’t take it Personally: Remember it’s just an interview. You’ll give so many of them before finally getting a job. It’s only normal to face rejections but don’t let them get to you. Don’t compare yourself to others. It might be true that a friend of yours got in on their first try but if you don’t get rejected, you won’t be able to see what else is out there. So buckle up and give more interviews for you never know you might get your dream job.
The Bottom Line
While the job hunt may seem like the most important thing right now, you need to remember that everything is temporary. It’s true you might have been rejected for a specific job, but that doesn’t mean you don’t possess any qualities that would make you an excellent employee somewhere else. Don’t limit yourself by the rejections and try to work your way to success.