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Interviews are a learning experience. They give you a chance to test your skills, decide if a job is right for you, and gain knowledge about the job market in your industry. So how can you get the most from your interview, even if you don’t get the job?

Question-and-answer review

It’s good to think over what you were asked and how you answered, then check your answers against what experts recommend. You might be overthinking it and all your answers were fine. However, review is an important learning tool, and you should use it to be the best you can be! Right after your interview, jot down the questions you were asked and the answers you gave to help you remember. Then, Google each question and compare your answers against the recommended ones. How do yours stack up? What would you say again next time, and what would you change?

Follow-up is always important

Sometimes during an interview, you may find yourself caught off guard by a question, in which you answer the first thing that pops into your head. But after you leave your interview, you may feel you should have answered differently. Well, never be afraid to include your new answer in your follow-up note! You can simply say that after mulling over your initial answer to XYZ question, you’d like to submit the following as your official answer. You can’t do this for every question, of course, but for one or two it doesn’t hurt—and can actually help the outcome of your interview.

Practice makes perfect

No one is perfect at anything right off the bat. And like anything else, interviewing is a learned skill. This is why it’s important to practice your answers to common interview questions before your scheduled interview, and review the questions and answers after your interview. By treating every interview as a chance to learn and grow, you’ll be that much further along your career pathway—on your way to your next exciting job opportunity.

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