You can always learn from your mistakes
Imagine going to your first job interview all prepared & confident and getting back home all depressed and sad because things did not turn out the way you planned. Maybe we all have been in such situations. Every time things may not go the way we want them to. Sometimes it may be an external factor that causes failure. However, sometimes the problem may lie within you. But it is never too late to learn from your mistakes.
Here is the list of three things I learned from my first failed job interview or things I wish I did not do.
Never Underestimate the Interviewer
If you think that if you show up all dressed and reach on time showing your punctuality will make the interviewer hire you- drop that kind of thought. Of course, dressing up and being punctual is a basic attribute the interviewer looks for but they are not all. They look for competent candidates who can suit the position and handle it responsibly.
So, if you go to an interview without preparing for the real deal then you can forget about getting the job. They may ask you questions that you cannot answer. So, do not think that the interviewer would go easy on you. In this talent-short market, interviewers look for the one who can fulfill all the job criteria.
Be mindful of what you speak
No matter how much you prepare for the interview, you may get nervous. Sometimes the interviewer may create pressure on you that may make you nervous and break your self-confidence. The nervousness may result in speaking your mind subconsciously. You may not be aware of what you are saying and this could give an advantage to the interviewer to cross-question you. And, since you are subconsciously speaking your mind, you may not be able to give them an answer they are expecting from you and things may turn out to be worse.
So make sure you maintain your confidence, face the interviewer with all the courage you have and be mindful of what information you are giving them about yourself. So that the interviewer would not get advantage to cross-question you or hit your soft spot (i.e. your weakness).
Always be prepared
Make sure you are fully prepared before going to the interview. Do not take the interview for granted. You cannot guess what kind of interviewer you will be facing- it could be the HR or the CEO itself. You can hardly guess what kind of question he/she will throw at you. So, it would be better if you go fully prepared.
Proper preparation can help you stay confident increasing the possibility for less margin of errors when answering the questions. Preparing for an interview does not mean preparing answers to questions just like exams. Being prepared means you need to carefully evaluate the job description, know about the company, make them realize your worth, practice your body language and make sure you stay confident all the time when facing them.
I have learned these three things from my failure in the first interview. I hope these learnings can help you lessen mistakes in your interview.
Wish you all the best with your interview.