You walked into your job interview feeling confident. After hours of preparation, you felt ready to meet with the hiring manager and present yourself as the best person for the job.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. Maybe nerves got the best of you or you panicked when asked a question you weren’t sure how to answer.
Regardless, you now feel like the interview has taken a turn for the worst — and you’re afraid you’ve lost your chances of getting hired. The thing is, it’s not over yet, so you still have a chance to redeem yourself. Here’s some advice to help you make things right.
Three Ways to Turn a Bad Interview Around
There’s a good chance you’re the only one who thinks the interview is going poorly. Hiring managers expect you to be nervous and make a few mistakes. Something you consider a major blunder might have completely slipped their radar.
An upbeat attitude can get you through anything. Keep smiling and answering questions to the best of your ability. Don’t give up on yourself, because this company would be lucky to have you.
Address the Elephant in the Room
If you really stumbled on a question earlier in the interview, admit your mistake and make it right. Tell the hiring manager you’d like to revisit it and clarify a few things. This is a second chance to redeem yourself, so take full advantage of it. Wait until you’ve prepared a new response you feel confident about.
Ask a Thoughtful Question
You won’t be in the hot seat for the entire interview. When the hiring manager asks if you have any questions, impress them by asking something meaningful. For example, questions like “If I’m hired, what would my first 30 days on the job look like?” show your genuine interest in the position. They’ll be impressed you went beneath the surface to learn more about what the job entails, instead of opting not to ask a question or focusing on topics like salary and benefits.
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