Original article "Bad Job Interviews" by the authors of best-job-interview.com
Summary: After bad job interviews it can be difficult to recognize exactly what went wrong and why. Getting a rejection letter or just not hearing again from the company is disappointing.
Bad interviews happen to all job candidates at some point but how you fix your job interview mistakes is the key to future success.
First, be encouraged by the fact that you got the job interview in the first place.
Focus on the interview itself and spend some time considering why it didn't go well. Here are the common ways to mess up an interview.
1. You did not make a good first impression
First impressions are critical in job interviews as they set the tone for the entire interview. These are some possible reasons for not making the right first impression:
2. You came across as unfocused and inattentive
Listening carefully to the interview questions you are asked and understanding what the interviewer is looking for in your answer is essential to responding with the right information in the interview. Clues that will tell you if you did this or not include:
3. You stumbled over your interview answers
Not being ready for the interview questions results in tripping over your answers and focusing on irrelevant information.
Almost every job interview will include common job interview questions that you can easily prepare for.
Sample answers for "Tell me about yourself"
Job interview questions including "What are your strengths and weaknesses?", "Why should we hire you?" and "What are your goals?" are almost always asked. You can prepare your answers to typical interview questions using the sample interview answers and practice them. This way you will be able to answer fluently and concisely.
4. You did not ask good questions
You were unable to respond appropriately when asked "Do you have any questions for us?" Prepare some good questions to ask in your interview. Use the job interview question list to help you with this.
5. You were too nervous
Interviews can make you very anxious. One way to deal with this is to be well prepared beforehand. Use the interview checklist to make sure you have everything covered.Good preparation increases confidence.
Spend some time before the interview collecting your thoughts. Use these stress-reducing techniques to reduce interview anxiety.
6. You did not establish a rapport with the interviewer
Bad job interviews happen when the interviewer feels little or no connection with the candidate. Failing to establish rapport soon in the interview creates an uncomfortable situation.
To establish rapport you need to match your interview communication style to that of the interviewer.
7. You did not close the interview properly
it is important to leave the interviewer with the right impression. How you close your job interview will determine this.
If you conclude that the reason you were unsuccessful lies with one of these areas the good news is that it is entirely fixable! You can work on it and avoid bad job interviews happening again.
If you don't think it was one of the above then you need to investigate further. One way to get real and valuable feedback on how you come across in an interview is to ask a friend to role-play a mock job interview with you. Ask for honest feedback on how you come across.
You can turn the negative interview into something more positive by contacting the interviewer to thank them for their time and ask them to keep you in mind for future openings.
Or you can send an interview follow up email. This is a positive step that helps to keep you motivated.
Most important, don't give up. Learn from the experience of bad job interviews and use the knowledge to make sure you are well prepared to ace the next interview! Most job interview mistakes can be avoided.