You found what you thought was the perfect job for you. You knew you were qualified, and you went into the interview sure they would see it. Much to your dismay, you bombed the interview, or at least you think you did. Now, what do you do? Do you slink off with your tail between your legs, mortified and spend the next two weeks beating yourself up and eating ice cream in front of the television? No, don’t do that.
Why Didn’t It Go So Well?
There are many reasons an interview may flop. Maybe you were nervous and fumbled over your answers. Maybe you misread the interviewer and made a joke or a comment that appeared to offend them. Perhaps you dressed inappropriately or showed up late. There are a host of things that can go wrong. Here are some things you can do if you feel your interview didn’t go well:
Realize It Might Not Be As Bad As You Think
Interviewers are used to awkward silences, stumbling over words and flat-out blunders. People are nervous, some more than others. And, maybe the interviewer was having an off day, too. If you are truly qualified for the position, there’s always the chance that the interviewer will understand and forgive your minor mistakes, and it won’t affect their decision to hire you. Don’t overreact.
If You Did Blow It, Forgive Yourself And Move On
If you make a glaring mistake, there isn’t much you can do about it. Remember that it happens, and give yourself permission to move on. That’s all you can do sometimes. However, while you shouldn’t beat yourself up, you should turn it into a learning experience. What can you do differently next time? Do you need to prepare better? Do you need to do your research more thoroughly next time?
Write A Thank-You Note
This is a good opportunity to remind them you were there, and to gracefully redeem yourself. If you made a mistake, left out information or had extenuating circumstances that affected the interview, take this opportunity to apologize and offer a brief explanation. Don’t go overboard, and don’t place blame or not hold yourself accountable. Remind them of your unique qualifications if it’s appropriate and done tastefully. Then thank them, and let it go.