An unsuccessful job interview is not the end of the world. Pick yourself up and learn from your mistakes. Your new job is not going to magically appear; you have to make it happen. Here’s what you can do differently next time round.

Let it go
Bad interviews do happen, no matter how prepared and well-researched you were. Perhaps there was no chemistry between you and the hiring manager, maybe you weren’t feeling great, or maybe it was just one of those things. You’re human. And humans make mistakes; it’s all part of the process.


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Get it out of your system
Stop thinking and talking about it constantly. Instead, go through the interview and think about the parts that made you feel like things were going from bad to worse. This way you’ll be able to identify what went wrong and think of ways to improve upon it next time or how you can save your next job interview if it goes south. It’s a good idea to write everything down; like your awkward moments and things you could’ve said better. Once you’ve got that down, figure out solutions to them and write those down too. After you’re satisfied that you’ve figured everything out, crush the paper and throw it away. By throwing the paper away, you’re throwing away your obsession and moving on.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you’re unsure of how you can improve on your shortcomings, perhaps ask a professional for help. Interview specialists can help you assess why you aren’t making it past the first interview. They can explain what you’re doing well or where you’re going wrong, which can help you in your next interview.

Move forward
So the interview wasn’t a walk in the park and you didn’t ace it like you would have wanted to. Don’t fret about it, move on. Treat yourself to something special to make you feel better like a massage or a trip to your favourite restaurant. When you wake up the next day, start your job search again with a fresh and positive outlook.

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