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How do I bounce back from a bad interview?

Question submitted by Elliot (Sales Sector) 

Bad interviews do happen! You can do the preparation, practice what you want to say and show up on time, but sometimes they just do not go as well as you want them to for a variety of reasons, but that’s okay and most people aren’t successful at every job interview they go for.

When an interview doesn’t go well it can be a massive blow to your confidence and leave you replaying it over and over, thinking what could I have done better? Everyone has ‘off days’ so don’t beat yourself up and take a step back to reflect on the experience, so you can learn and be better prepared in the future. To help, here are some of R13’s top tips on how to recover from a less than great interview.

Take an honest look at your performance

Firstly, think about what went well at the interview, identify your strengths, this will help you to look at the negatives with a less defeated attitude. Then try to narrow done what you think went wrong; Were you properly prepared for your interview? Did you do all the necessary research about the company and the job beforehand? Sometimes you think you have all bases covered and then get into an interview and realised there are some key areas you’ve missed, make sure you are thorough in your preparation and think through how you will answer common questions and competency based questions to properly show off your skills.

Learn from the experience

The best thing to do is take the experience as a learning curve and find out what you can do better next time. Make sure you get feedback from the interviewer to help identify key areas for improvement. Sometimes you can be a bit rusty if you haven’t been for interviews in a while and will find as you go to more interviews you will build up more confidence and become more practiced in your answers.

Speak to your recruiter

If you secured your interview through a recruiter, then speak with them as they will be able to provide detailed feedback from the client to see what you could have done better and will be able to provide support going forward to help you with your next interview.

Stay Positive

It can easily affect your confidence after a bad interview, especially if it was for a job you really wanted. The only thing you can control after the interview is over is your attitude, so try to see the positives. When receiving interview feedback, don’t get defensive even though it can be a perfectly natural response, take any constructive criticism you are given and thank the interviewer for their time. You can then discuss this later with someone you trust.

Remember, you never know what the employer is thinking, so it might not be as bad as you think and if your skills are perfect for the role then they may overlook any minor slip ups. Every interview is different, so look at each one as a new experience and eventually you will secure the right role for you.

If you want to find out R13s top tips for interviews, then please get in contact today at info@rthirteen.co.uk to request a copy of our interview support guide.  

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