When an interview doesn't go according to plan, you may struggle with where it went wrong. Whether you're desperately seeking to acquire a new job during a stretch of unemployment or working hard to further your position, you need that new job to happen soon! The failed interview, however, doesn't have to be a complete loss. In fact, there are several things you can learn from a failed interview.

1. Look back over your resume 

Check back over it for mistakes. If you didn't tailor your resume to the specific position, consider making changes the next time you have the opportunity to head in for an interview. 

2. Did you have balance

Find that perfect balance between humility and being self-assured. If you fell shy of the mark this time, you can take steps to do better with your next opportunity.

3. Examine the questions you were asked 

Think back over your answers and take the time to come up with better ones for next time. Questions that may have taken you by surprise the first time won't be nearly as shocking next time, so you can put in the thought they deserve.

4.Contact the interviewer

After you're sure you didn't get the job, get in contact with the individual you interviewed with and see if they can offer some tips for next time. This is particularly beneficial if you thought you hit it off with the interviewer.

5. Try a few practice interviews

Sit down with a trusted friend or mentor and have them ask you some sample interview questions. Ask for their feedback at the end of the mock interview.

6. Remember that you aren't perfect 

That "What are your weaknesses?" question isn't just for show. Take the time to think over what your real weaknesses are and come up with an effective answer to that question that shows self-awareness and the ability to adapt.

7. Look at the positives, too

Sure, the interview wasn't as successful as you would have liked, but you didn't do everything wrong! Consider what you did right, too, so you can pull it back out for your next interview.

Following an unsuccessful job interview, don't feel discouraged! Look at it as a learning experience. The right position for you is still out there, and now, you're that much better prepared to ace the interview when it occurs.

Published on: May 5, 2016
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