We spend so much time analysing and preparing for job interviews that it’s created a whole offshoot industry. But not a lot of time seems to be spent on the other side of the coin; that taboo bête noire: What do you do if you don’t get that job?
It’s disappointing. You took a big risk and it didn’t pay off. This time.
This is a process. This is not the end.
The University of Warwick career blog sums up some useful review points to get you going again after a failed job interview – and to make sure you aren’t hindering your application in some way. Here are five checklist questions they suggest you ask yourself:
- Did you make some mistakes?
- Did you answer the question?
- Did you evidence commercial awareness?
- Did you show that you really understand the market you want to enter?
- Did you clearly demonstrate why this particular employer?
Post-interview is a good time for self-reflection and for reflection on where you fit in your market. This isn’t always easy to know – or like. But you’ve just gained more valuable information about the realities of the market for next time, if you choose to use the info you’ve gained strategicially.
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