Five questions you should ask after a failed job interview

Man in a suit with thumbs downWe 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:

  1. Did you make some mistakes?
  2. Did you answer the question?
  3. Did you evidence commercial awareness?
  4. Did you show that you really understand the market you want to enter?
  5. Did you clearly demonstrate why this particular employer?

Read the full post on their blog…

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.

Image: (CC) Hobvias Sudoneighm/Flickr

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  1. I think you have hit on something here. We do need to analyse how things have gone, but I think that as candidates we need to go further than asking ourselves. Having gone through interview processes myself and failed, I always try and get feedback from the employer via the recruiter. Not all recruiters are like Firehead though. Many are only interested in moving onto the next candidate, making it very difficult to get the feedback that can make the difference next time.

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