Failing an Interview

Learn from your interview mistakes and improve your techniques.

Learn from your interview mistakes and improve your techniques.

You can fail interviews for various reasons. Sometimes it's your fault, and in other cases, the situation might be beyond your control. In either case, what's important is to identify what you did wrong and learn from your mistakes. Once you understand why you failed, stop fretting over the interview and move on to the next.

Identify Why You Failed

You may have failed your interview because of appearance, lack of enthusiasm, negative attitude, not listening, appearing bored, indecisiveness, lack of experience or failure to answer questions appropriately. Identify what you did wrong. If you dressed casually when the interview required a suit, this is something you can easily correct on the next interview. A lack of experience, however, is out of your control. If you don't know what you did wrong, call the interviewer. Ask why you didn't get the job or move on to the next round of interviewing. The hiring manager might simply have found a candidate whose experience more closely matches the qualifications of the job.

Make the Necessary Changes

Once you identify what you did wrong on an interview, make the necessary changes. If you spoke badly about a former boss, control your emotions better on the next interview when discussing that particular job. If you're new to interviewing, learn more about basic interviewing etiquette. Maintain eye contact on your next interview; avoid slouching; turn the cell phone off; and leave your house earlier so you arrive on time.

Spend More Time Preparing

A lack of preparation is one reason people fail on interviews, so spend more time preparing. Review your resume and practice answering questions about previous positions. Research the new company's website. Write down and memorize key facts about the company including the name of the chief executive officer; year the company was established; products or services sold; number of employees; locations of the offices; and total sales. Revenue information is usually listed in a company's annual report. Practice interviewing with your spouse or family member by having them ask you questions from your resume and then ask for feedback.

Get Better at Interviewing

You can alleviate interview failures by improving your interviewing techniques. Learn how to answer the tough questions. If an interviewer asks you to describe yourself, provide a brief rundown on your qualifications, experience and education, advises CNN.com. If you're asked to reveal your salary, deflect the question back to the interview. Say, "I have a salary in mind. What is the salary range for this position?" Revealing your salary can hurt your chances of getting a higher salary, especially if you make less than what the company's offering. Alternatively, if your salary expectations are too high, you may lose the job opportunity. Take a list of questions with you to the interview. Ask about specific projects, who you will be working with and how your performance will be measured. Asking questions demonstrates you interest in the job.

 

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