“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes” (Confucius)
Translated, this quote means you should not be ashamed of your mistakes, and rather than beating yourself up forever, you should learn from those mistakes, and move on.
It can be hard to stay positive while you are hunting for a job and get a rejection letter. After all, job hunting can be really tough, especially if it’s been some time since you were successful.
Everyone has a bad interview occasionally. Even if you are interview savvy you can still have a bad interview. Then what?
Move on and learn from your bad job interview.
“Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.” (Al Franken)
Shake off the bad interview with these quick tips. Look for the silver linking in even the worst interview.
- Talk about it – Get the bad interview off your chest by talking about it with someone you trust. You need to vent. Indulge your emotions for a little while. It will make you feel better. You don’t want the frustration to build and effect the next interview
“Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.” (Lily Tomlin)
- Admit your mistakes then fix them and move on. If you were dressed inappropriately, if you were late, if you forgot the questions to ask – however you flubbed it, use the opportunity to grow and learn from. You are in charge of your actions and you have the power to make changes so you become a better candidate next time.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. (George Bernard Shaw)
- Review your interview performance. What did you not say? What did you say? Where were you not prepared enough? Evaluate yourself after both a good and bad interview. It’s to your advantage to adjust your “sales pitch” on an ongoing basis.
“Continually strive to improve yourself.” (Anthony J. D’Angelo)
- You should not burn bridges. You might be tempted to let the interviewer and/or company know exactly how you feel, nothing positive will ever come from doing this. Rather, what you should do is follow up with a letter thanking them for the opportunity to interview, and how you regret that it did not work out but that you are hopeful for an opportunity in the future.
“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” (Dale Carnegie)
Your job hunt is going to have its ups and downs. In the end, it’s how you recover and learn from the bad moments that matters. The perfect job for you is just around the corner.
Tips on How to Prevent a Bad Interview
- Don’t show up half an hour early. It puts too much pressure on the interviewer to finish what they were doing. Showing up 5 minutes early is more than enough.
- It is not professional to bring your own cup of Tim Horton’s or Starbucks coffee to your interview.
- Don’t twirl your hair or touch your face during your interview. It’s distracting.
- Don’t wait more than a day following the interview to write your thank you note.
- Don’t show up for your interview with wet hair.
- Don’t arrive with bad breath.
There you have it – not only have we discussed how to recover from a bad interview; we’ve looked at some common pitfalls to avoid.