Now you listed what you have done well and what you could improve – you need to think of an immediate action plan. For what went well, the only thing you need to make sure is that you continue doing these.
On the improvement side you want to make sure to assign a timeline of improvement to all elements you noted down in this column and start working on these today. It’s important to be persistent and keep on improving yourself. I applied 18 times before landing my first role in tech and it has been a journey with many ups and downs.
Focus especially on the quick fixes – as it might be that the outcome of your interview is still positive and you want to prevent making these mistakes in the next interview. If you have tremendous knowledge gaps, try to give yourself between three and six months to improve these.
We recommend filling in the retrospective model as soon as possible after your interview, but it should not withhold you from asking additional feedback from your recruiter the moment you get the result of your interview. Even when you get the negative message they decided not to move forward with your application, it’s worth thanking them and asking for feedback.
Recruiters have access to the written feedback about your application, if they have the time they can easily consolidate these and send you potentially additional bullet points you can add to your retrospective model.
Again, you never fail when you eventually learn.