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When your job interview goes down the drain

Interview goes badYou’ve applied for a job, got the invite for an interview, turned up well prepared and when you’re sitting in the interview, you are struggling answering even the simplest interview questions.

You know you have the skills to do the job and you have done this job before, but somehow you don’t know how to explain yourself and don’t find the answers your interview partner wants to hear.

The interview comes to an end, and you know you messed up and the world will open up and swallow you.

But stop here – breath and take a couple of minutes and think again. The worst case that can happen now is:

Nothing!

So please don’t be discouraged. I promise you, you will get a job – but you have to brush up your interview skills again and learn from this experience to become better with your skills and technique.

Interview skills are different from your normal job skills – so it’s natural, that you will have problems with your first couple of interviews. It happens to all of us – including me. The key is – to learn from it and to get better.

So here is what you might want to do:

First of all – write all the questions down you can remember from the interview:

•    What questions did the interviewer exactly ask?

•    Which topics were he/she asking questions about?

•    Which questions did you struggle to answer?

•    Where did you struggle finding examples?

Questions probably were around:

•   Where have you done this?

•   How did you do this?

•   Can you please provide an example?

Once you’ve written down the questions, research the answers to each of them. The Internet is a good place to start. Search the answers on Google. If you can’t find the answer there, try to post your question in one of the LinkedIn Groups, which relate to your industry. In generally, somebody will help you there.

Again, don’t beat yourself up of not getting this job – even if it sounded like your dream job. There will be others, which might be even better! I promise you!

You learned something from this interview, which will definitely improve your interview skills and help you getting the job you want.

Good luck and cross fingers with your next one!!

If you have similar experience, please share. I would love to hear from you.

When your job interview goes down the drain was last modified: March 12th, 2014 by sandra

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One Response to When your job interview goes down the drain

  1. Gordon March 12, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Hi Sandra, I had the same experience last week. I was feeling bad for at least 2 days, because I wanted to get this job so badly. Thank you for your encouragement. You are right, in the end the worst thing can happen is not getting this job – that’s it. I’m sure there will be a better one coming up. I will have another look at your website for some example interview questions. In my next interview – I will be better prepared!! Thank you.

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