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Bounce Back from a Bad Interview

We have all had our fair share of bad interviews, and have felt pretty awful about not getting a second interview or securing the role, however we can learn a few things from failed interviews to help us build on our technique for the future.

In January 2014, I had a disastrous interview at a marketing agency which turned out to be the worst 45 minutes of my entire life, I was extremely nervous as this was my first real interview since leaving university. I thought it would be a good idea to smoke beforehand to calm my nerves, this was a bad idea as it was the first thing the interviewer commented on “ahhhh, we have another smoker then”.

Secondly I had not fully prepared for the interview and as my nerves took over with a slip of my tongue I dropped the f-bomb and knew from then on I had no chance. Here are some interview techniques that might help you to prepare for your interview and prevent making the same mistakes I did.

How to impress an employer at an interview

Only a handful of people ever get passed first stage interviews without spending time preparing for the big day, perfectly suitable candidates can risk being overlooked due to the way that they handle interviews even if they seem perfect for the role on their CV. One of the most important things to do before you head to an interview is to find out as much information about the company, including what they do, their main competitors etc.

Consider the Job Description

You should keep a copy of the job description; your efforts may go to waste if what you say doesn't reflect what you told them when you applied for the role. It’s always wise to turn up to an interview armed with a series of questions. You will almost certainly be asked if you have any questions, and if you don’t have any queries you may appear disengaged and uninterested in the company.

Think about the interview questions

It’s important to make sure that you have answers for questions raised e.g. “why do you want to work here?” and “what can you bring to the role?” Make sure that you have convincing and detailed answers to these questions and if you’re a smoker, consider going without a cigarette before your interview. You might think that smoking will calm your nerves, but the odor you take into the room with you can be very off-putting and put you out of the race for the job.

Be on time for your interview

Make sure you’re on time; lateness is never likely to impress a potential employer. Also decide what to wear before the day arrives rather than scrambling around for something suitable on the morning of the interview, and don’t use vulgar language even if the interview is informal in nature, as this is always likely to give off the wrong impression. 

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