Your Worst Interview Nightmare – And How to Fix It

January 15, 2013

Career Advice

Your Worst Interview Nightmare - And How To Fix It

Part of being a great interviewee is being able to rebound after something goes wrong. That means you not only have to prepare yourself to give a great interview, but you have to prepare yourself for the worst. Here’s your new motto: be prepared! Here are a few ways to recover from your worst interview nightmare:

A Late Arrival
Apologize profusely. Don’t make an excuse unless it’s a really good one, like a flat tire or a huge accident that you could never have foreseen. If you know you’re going to be late, call ahead and give notice instead of showing up sweaty and stressed out.

Terrible Answer
If you totally botched a question, take a deep breath and move on. If a better response comes to mind later in the interview, ask if you can take another stab at it. But be sure to nail it this time around.

Cat’s Got Your Tongue
If a question stumps you, take a deep breath and say, “Let me think about that for a minute.” If nothing comes to mind, try to spin the situation positively. Talk about a similar story or situation related to the question that highlights your achievements. Just do your best!

Lost Your Mind Temporarily
If you didn’t end the interview by “closing the deal” and reiterating your interest in the position, you have a second chance. Send a thank you email or card immediately and be sure to express your enthusiasm and gratitude for the opportunity.

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