You’ve probably had at least one job interview in your career that “went south”–maybe even when you thought you had done well in it. (If not, consider yourself lucky!) Rather than beat yourself up about what seemed like a missed job opportunity, why not treat it as another kind of opportunity–a chance to gather and review critical job search intelligence so you can come out on top the next time?
In some cases, you might have realized before the interview concluded that you weren’t exactly ace-ing it. If you think quickly on your feet and can come up with an approach that helps rescue the interview from the path it’s traveling down and reposition you as a strong candidate, great. However, most of us probably need more time to think things over than the interview situation usually provides.
On the other hand, if you thought your job interview ranked somewhere between “reasonably good” and “great,” only to discover that you were destined for the candidate wastebasket, it might be time to take a hard look at how that happened.
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, your corrective action should be fairly clear. “Yes” in these instances is not a good thing. This is your chance to learn something about what you might have done wrong and improve your odds of success in future interviews.
The first step is to avoid making what ought to be obvious mistakes. Preparation is more than just a nice, 4-syllable word! In fact, doing thorough interview preparation is as important as conducting yourself well during the actual interview.
No one can predict all the potential ways your job interview could go wrong, but you can shorten the odds considerably if you plan and prepare the way a really savvy job seeker would.