I'm trying to interview for a job I tried and failed to get before. How do I handle a second chance?

QUESTION: I’m trying to interview for a job I tried and failed to get before. How do I handle a second chance?


Brenda Mariah, Push Career Management, LLC

Address the elephant in the room about this being your second time around and let them know you’re known for your perseverance and that you’ve heeded their feedback and leaned into development in the key areas. You are back this time as a stronger candidate, ready to demonstrate that you listen, are skilled, and leverage constructive feedback to the benefit of the organization.

Barbara Schultz, The Career Stager

Gather any feedback from the potential employer to understand why you did not get an offer and do your own introspection. Identify any gaps in your knowledge, skills and abilities and address them for an improved chance for consideration. Take an objective look to determine if you are a good match, and/or if you weren’t properly prepared for the interview. Proceed with confidence.

Jonathan Estreich, Natfluence

Seize this second chance by showcasing growth and industry awareness. Reflect on feedback from your first attempt; address those areas in your application. Highlight new skills or experiences. Next, demonstrate knowledge of recent company developments, such as leadership changes or exciting initiatives. Express long-term interest in the role, emphasizing your dedication and commitment.

Scott Gardner, Vitae Express

In a second interview for a job you previously didn’t get, show growth and learning since your last attempt. Address any feedback you received, highlighting how you’ve improved or gained new skills. Be positive, showing enthusiasm and commitment to the role. Demonstrate your understanding of the company’s current needs and how you’re now a better fit for the position.

Cathy Lanzalaco, Inspire Careers

If you are lucky enough to get a second bite at the apple, it is important to demonstrate growth since your last interview, showing resilience, gratitude, and a persistent commitment to the role. Address any previous feedback directly, focusing on your strengthened fit for the position and challenging questions. Be clear about what has changed with you and how you will add value to the company.

Thomas Powner, Career Thinker, Inc.

Embrace it with optimism, a positive attitude, and preparedness! Reflect on past feedback; show growth and how you’ve addressed previous concerns. Research the company again, noting any changes. Prepare to discuss what’s changed since the last interview—new skills, experiences, and education. Be honest about past interviews but focus on current qualifications and enthusiasm.

Grant Cooper, Strategic Resumes & Business Plans

Persistence is the single most important attribute in landing the job you are seeking. By all means, apply again, and review your previously submitted materials to improve them. Practice your interview skills, research the company, reach out via LinkedIn to individuals from their staff in order to get insider tips, and utilize confidence-building techniques to project a positive presentation.

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