4 Things You Can Learn From a Bad Interview
It's said that humans learn more from failures than they do from successes. If that’s true (and it probably is), then there must certainly be some things you can learn from a bad interview. When you get back home and wonder how it all went downhill, try these tips so you can learn something valuable from the experience.
Go Through It All In Your Head
Before the experience fades away into a dull memory that you’d rather forget, go through the whole interview again in your head. Start with the moment you arrived. Try to identify when you had the first inkling that things were running downhill. What happened just before then? Reviewing the whole experience in your head will give you some insight into where it all went wrong.
Consider the Part You Played
When reviewing the interview, it might be easy to place the blame on the interviewer. “She asked bad questions,” “he didn’t give me a chance to explain,” etc. can all be excuses rather than real reasons. What part did you play? Did you arrive harried or anxious-looking? Were you out partying the night before instead of getting a good night’s rest? Did you really take advantage of every opportunity to explain your value? Take a hard look in the mirror to see where you can improve for next time.
Are Your Job Goals Still the Same?
One possibility why your interview was bad might be because you don’t actually want the job you think you do. Have your goals changed since you first started interviewing? Self-sabotage is not out of the question, and it’s possible you’re subconsciously hijacking yourself so you don't take a job that isn’t really your heart’s desire. Search within to determine if your passion has waned for this particular job title.
What Needs to Change?
Identify at least three things that you need to change before your next interview. This may be something as innocuous as the suit you wore, or the amount of cologne you doused on. Or, it may be a complete change in how you answer key questions.
Take the opportunity of a bad interview to make improvements that will help you for next time. And remember, a bad interview is a learning experience that can benefit you in the long run.