Everyone wants a perfect interview, but as the old saying says, “The plans of mice and men oft go awry.” It is too easy to get rattled when things don’t go as planned, but how you react to a mishap can mean the difference between landing the job or being remembered as the person who flubbed the interview.
Here are some things that can go wrong in the interview as well as ways to rebound:
Your phone rings. This is very embarrassing because you should have turned the ringer off before going into the interview. The best that you can do is find your phone quickly and turn it off. And of course you need to apologize. You will need to do an outstanding job on the interview for the interviewer to forgive you and overlook this faux paus.
You’re late for the interview. If you realize when you are on your way to the interview that you can’t avoid being late, call the company from your cell phone and explain the situation. It’s best to store the number in your phone before you leave home just in case this happens. Even if you leave yourself plenty of time to get to the interview, there is always the possibility that there may be an accident or the road or that there is construction that you were not anticipating.
You call the interviewer the wrong name. If you realize it in time, you can correct yourself and say the right name, and of course you need to apologize for making that mistake. If you don’t realize until after you get home, you can follow up with the interviewer in your thank you letter and make sure that you use the correct name.
You gave a bad answer. If you answer an interviewer’s question and you realize that you didn’t do well on that question, take a moment, think about it, and then say something like, “Let me rephrase that. You may be able to salvage the interview by doing this.
A storm comes up on your way to the interview. If you didn’t take an umbrella with you, this can definitely be an interview disaster. A heavy downpour can ruin your suit or dress as well as your hairdo. If you show up to the interview looking drenched, the best way to handle it is not take yourself too seriously. Explain what happened, laugh about it, and move on.
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