Reasons the Job Interview Didn't Go Well

Regroup, Reassess and Reload for Your Next Job Interview

Much like anything else in life, when it comes to job interviews, most people win some and lose some. But while winning isn't always everything, when you're on the hunt for a new job you need to win far more than you lose, especially when you're trying to land the perfect job for you. If you find yourself falling flat interview after interview, it's time to take a long hard look at where you may be going wrong.

You Showed Up Late

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Few actions say "I don't care" louder than showing up late. Sure, there may be a valid reason, but in the days of mobile phones and instant access to email, there's almost never an excuse for not letting the interviewer know you're running late. In truth, though, regardless of the reason - with the exception of unforeseen emergencies - there are really no good reasons to be late.

You Showed Up Too Early

When it comes to timing, a good principle to hold to is "early is on time, on time is late." A word of caution, though: there is such a thing as too early. Ten to 15 minutes early is usually acceptable; it gives you time to collect your thoughts and get a feel for the environment. Thirty minutes to an hour early, though, makes things awkward and can be seen as disrespectful of the interviewer's time.

You Didn't Dress the Part

After the job application is submitted, your appearance is going to be the first thing any interviewer is going to notice about you. How you dress makes a huge impact not only on how you're perceived, but how you perceive yourself. Be sure to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. When showing up for job interviews, plan to do your best to look your best.

You Let Your Nerves Show

Of course you're going to be a little nervous when you're interviewing for a new job. Okay, you're going to be a lot nervous. Nonetheless, keeping those nerves in check are an important key to a successful interview. Steady your speech, reduce fidgeting and focus on conveying confidence, not fear. If you know you're the person they really want, then make sure your interview lets them know it. 

You Didn't Communicate Well

Effective communication is - not surprisingly - perhaps the single most important factor in a job interview. Articulation, enunciation, and vocabulary are vital to letting an interviewer know that you're an intelligent and able worker. But remember, communication is a two-way street. Interviews not only show off your speaking skills but listening as well. Be sure to listen to the questions asked and answer them thoroughly.

You Didn't Know Anything About the Job

Nothing say's "I'm the wrong person for this job" than walking into an interview without any real knowledge of what the job is really about. Advance research is vital to acing any interview. If you really want to knock it out of the park, learn everything you can, not only about the organization but about the specific job you're interviewing for. You'll demonstrate how serious you are and show that you really care about the job you're going after. 

Strive for Success

There are many times during any job search when it can be easy to get down on yourself. Your persistence and perseverance, though, will be the keys to picking yourself up and working to improve. Every time you fall short is an opportunity to self-evaluate and find out how you can get better. Do that, and you'll find success.