Originally Posted by vincentb
True, but that doesn't mean that a practice wouldn't help. My driving test, for example, was psychologically different from the lessons - but the situation felt familiar and not scary precisely because my instructor had made me drive around typical test routes several times before.
I never said practice wouldn't help. I said recruitment agents in my experience are useless and only after making money for themselves.
Asking for feedback after a failed interview is reasonable but don't expect it to be totally candid. They would not likely say, 'we just didn't like you.' It will often be a standard line about more suitable candidates getting the job.
Generally after a job interview you should have an idea if you have got it or not. Was it over quicker than expected? Did it become more like a friendly chat? How many times did you say 'I don't know?' A little self-awareness goes a long way. If you flake out and become a stuttering incoherent mess during the interview that's why you haven't got it. Do you really need feedback for that? If the questions were too hard had you applied for the wrong job? If you thought they gave you a hard time unfairly are you not glad you didn't get the job? Imagine working for them!
I would advise taking Kalms for a few days (read the packet, I think it's a few days) before the interview. They work.