How To Bounce Back From an Unsuccessful Interview

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If you’re unsuccessful after an interview, it is completely normal to feel deflated, particularly if you have put a lot of effort into it.

However, try not to let any knock backs get you down. Just because you weren’t the best fit for one company, doesn’t mean you won’t be exactly what another employer is looking for!

Here are 4 of our favourite ways to bounce back from an unsuccessful interview: 

Learn from the experience 

Most interviewers will give constructive feedback after an interview, use this to develop your interview skills for your next interview. If an interviewer doesn’t give you feedback, there is no harm in politely asking for it. 

Remember you aren’t alone 

Even though it might not feel like it, nearly all professionals will receive an interview rejection at some point in their life. Remember that job advertisements can attract a lot of applicants and not everyone will be successful - you did well to reach the interview stage! 

Keep some perspective on the situation 

Whilst an unsuccessful interview might knock your confidence, remember that there are countless more opportunities out there. Don’t allow a rejection to set your job search back; getting back to your search as soon as possible means you’re one step closer to finding your next opportunity.  

Don’t burn any bridges 

If you aren’t successful in an interview, the disappointment could mean you ignore the email informing you of this. However, it is always best practice to reply thanking the hiring manager for their time. 

Always consider that another opportunity could arise at the company at any point. Because they have already interviewed you, you might be front of mind for other positions. By leaving communications on good terms, you won’t jeopardise any future chances. 

Who is Spencer Clarke Group? 

Since 2017, we've been changing the face of recruitment. From our employees, to the way we do business, to the culture within our office, we're determined to make a difference and create a positive impact on everyone around us.

Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

We operate in two sectors:

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If you’re searching for a new role, why not visit our job page to take a look at the latest opportunities? Alternatively, upload your CV and one of our experienced consultants will contact you when a relevant opportunity becomes available. 

If you’re struggling to fill a role, why don’t you give us a call on 01772 954200 to see how we can help? One of our consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

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