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May082016

14. Interview preparation training: I failed an interview, what should I do?

Interview preparation training is a great way to boost your confidence after failing an interview. Get help so that you can practice job interview questions and answers with someone who will give you insightful and professional feedback.

Do not just rely on your family or friends. They do not always understand the sophisticated levels of skill that are required for a job interview.

Why do you need interview preparation training? Because the obvious thing that you need to do is to apply for another job! Do not give up after one, two or three failures.

Interview preparation training tip 1: Do not take it personally

It's a difficult job market at the moment. There are many people vying for the same job. Some of these people have very similar levels of skill and experience. Thus, really good people are getting knocked back at the moment.

Do not take knock-backs personally.

Interview preparation training tip 2: Do not give up

Do not give up. 

Take heart from J. K. Rowling, author of the best selling Harry Potter series of books. She has sold more than 400 million copies. However, initially she was knocked back by at least a dozen publishers. Even the publisher who did finally agree to publish the first Harry Potter book is reported to have told her to keep her day job! Look at her now - a billionaire!

Interview preparation training tip 3: Practise job interview questions and answers

I know some really brilliant people who have failed in a job interview simply because they didn't know how to sell themselves in an interview and had not done enough to practise job interview questions and answers.

Job interviews do not relate, in my mind, to expertise in a given role. They require quite a different set of skills in themselves. This is why you need to practise job interview questions and answers well in advance of any interview to give yourself the best chance of succeeding.

How you practise job interview questions and answers also makes a difference to your success.  

  1. Simply writing your answers down is not as good as also practising them out loud.
  2. Restricting your practice questions to a small range is unlikely to be as successful as trying out answers to a broad range of possible questions. Interview preparation training needs to be thorough and comprehensive. It is never possible to completely predict what you will be asked. Encourage people to throw questions from left-field at you, try answering in-depth questions, superficial questions, timed questions, behavioural type questions, almost any questions.
  3. When you practise job interview questions and answers, also practise weaving into your answers convincing descriptions of your strengths and your value to the organisation. Do not just talk about your experience.

In the end, to maximise the possibility of success at a future job interview, it is often best if people complete their interview preparation training with an experienced and successful job interviews coach.

The coach will support the person's practice of job interview questions and answers, help them convincingly answer really tricky questions, ensure that they can answer the standard questions in an insightful way, and help them to convince the panel that they are the best person for the job.  

What do you need to do now that you've failed an interview? Get on with the interview preparation training!