Had a Bad Interview Performance? Let it Go!

  | James Innes

However well prepared a candidate may be, it is possible to perform really badly at an interview. If so, try not to beat yourself up too much. It happens. Let it go and try and do better next time.

Interviews can go badly for a number of reasons. Perhaps nerves got the better of you, a poor answer was given to an important question, the interviewer and you failed to hit it off, or you were distracted and failed to give of your best.

A bad interview can be very disheartening and make you feel inadequate, frustrated and even depressed. It can also undermine your confidence. You shouldn’t let it. Pick yourself up, try to learn from what went wrong, and move on to the next opportunity.

Try to analyse what went wrong objectively. If interview nerves got to you, it can happen to the best of people. Because interviews happen rarely, we don’t practice them often. This means the stress and pressure attached to them can easily build-up, even for the most confident of candidates. As with anything you do in life, the more you practice, the better you get. Ask friends or family to practice interview questions with you, or consider getting some professional interview coaching from a firm such as the The CV Centre Ireland. Next time it will be easier.

Made a mistake and gave a poor answer to an important question? Recognise what you did wrong; prepare a better answer so you are ready next time.

If you failed to gel with the interviewer, there is nothing that can be done about it. You may even have had a lucky escape, if the interviewer was likely to be your prospective boss. If the chemistry between you was so bad during a 30 minute interview, imagine what it would be like to work with them day in, day out! Many employees work alongside people they would never choose as friends or want to socialise with, but if there is active dislike or antipathy there, then it is best not to engage with them in the first place.

Finally, if you were distracted during the interview, try to focus better next time around.

Whilst a bad interview can be very discouraging, just look on it as a one-off experience. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It can happen to the best of people. Analyse what went wrong, consider how you would do things better in future, and look forward to the next interview.

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