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You Nailed the Interview but Didn’t Get the Job

By: Mariah Rogers
Apr 15, 2020 • 5 min read

You Nailed the Interview but Didn’t Get the Job: Now what?

During your job search and interview process, you must prepare yourself to receive a few disappointing outcomes along the way. This can be a tough pill to swallow, especially since going through the application processes is a time-consuming task that requires a lot of effort! Sometimes, interviews go great and yet you still don’t land the job. This blog answers the question: You nailed the interview but didn’t get the job. What went wrong?


If you think you nailed the interview but didn’t end up getting the job, take some time to reflect on the process. There are a lot of different factors that go into choosing the perfect candidate, the interview is just one of them! Your resume may have fallen short in comparison to another applicant. You might have written the wrong company name in your cover letter, or made some other error. Maybe your responses to interview questions weren’t quite as well thought out as you had hoped. Reflect on every aspect of the experience, not just your interview.

If you think there is something that you could have done better, now is the time to take note of it, and move forward. You can’t change what has happened, but hopefully you were able to learn something in the process.

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Address Your Nerves

Interviews can be nerve-wracking! Especially when you are eager to do well. Even if you feel as though you answered every question confidently, your body language could be communicating otherwise. Think back on your hand gestures, posture and overall tone of voice that you used during your interview. Was your leg shaking without you noticing? Maybe your voice was shaky when you were speaking? Address your nerves and find coping strategies to help you nail your next interview.

Remember, if you aren’t confident in your interview, the interviewer will think that you aren’t confident that you will do well in the job. Therefore, they are far less likely to hire you. Think about some ways you can boost your confidence.

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Seek Feedback

Practice makes perfect! Don’t be afraid to try a mock interview with a friend. You can even set up a camera in the room so that you can watch it back after. This is a great way to identify body language mistakes that can make you look less confident. Confidence is key to landing that job! Seek feedback on how you answered the questions. Gathering input from others can be a great way for you to grow as an applicant and pinpoint what might have gone wrong in your last interview. It is important to be confident and learn from each interview experience, so you improve for the next one.

Another way to seek feedback is to quite simply, ask the interviewer what you could have done better. You may not realize that there was something you could have done better, so be sure to ask. If you ask for feedback, you will be able to understand why you didn’t get the job. Sometimes it is as simple as someone else applying sooner than you did, so they got preference. Other times, you might not have realized that you made a mistake during the interview. Just ask! You’ll learn a lot about different ways you can improve.

Keep Being You

Remember not to change yourself to fit into a company. Even if it is your dream job, the core values and focus of the organization might not fit your personality. That is okay! If the interviewer got the sense you weren’t the right fit for the company, don’t sweat it. Your dream job is out there, so keep applying!

Have you recently participated in an interview? Let us know how it went!







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