Every Interview that you attend is learning by itself and a gateway to your Career, Beginning or Enhancement. All the study and research that you would have done from Kindergarten till you latest Educational / Vocational training boils down to that one moment where you face your Interviewer!
Not every Interview can go well! There are so many factors that affect the Process of the same. The Interviewer could have had a bad day or you could have had a bad day and are carrying the ‘mood’ to the Interview. If anything, you could be in an Interview for a position to which a candidate has already been selected. In such cases, even if you are the Best Candidate for the position with regards to qualifications, experience and Skills – yet it wouldn’t be your Day!
In such a scenario, where you see the Interview going against your chances, it is always best to take whatever you can from that meeting – call or in-person.
a) Ask the Interview where you went wrong and what possibly could have done to do better. At this juncture, do not try to convince the Interviewer for your candidature to the position once he answers your question. If you are asking the above question, keep it professional and make note of what he says as it could prove beneficial in the next Interview.
b) Check if there are any additional Skills or certifications that you could have acquired that would have bettered your chances for the candidature. Most times, recruiters do shortlist candidates who border on the requirements due to lack of candidates. Then the process of filtration happens over the rounds of interview. The insights given by the Interviewer can be helpful in future Interviews.
c) Get as much information that you can gather about the Company, Work Culture, Benefits and information on the Position that you applied for. This will help you in future when making a decision to apply again for the Company or refer someone.
d) Ask the Interviewer if he/she can refer you to any other position that is being recruited for currently or in the near future. Most often Recruiters from different organisations are in touch through various platforms and it just so might happen that he/she refers to a position in the same organisation or a different one.
e) Finally check with the Interviewer if you could connect with him/her on a Professional Platform. Talk yourself out of it if you feel that the Interviewer is uncomfortable. However they agree, connect with them on Professional Platform like LinkedIn. This will help your Network base and prove beneficial at a later stage.
If you did not stumble, you wouldn’t have learnt to walk! So, take every failed Interview as learning and prepare yourself for the next one. Wish you all the best in your endeavors! At any point of time, you if feel you need personal guidance, do not hesitate to reach me.