You wouldn’t think that interviews would go the way you imagined them to.
If you felt that dreadful feeling after you gave the perfect answer to end your job opportunity, you are welcome to join the club.
It’s less likely that you’ll be able to leave a job interview with a negative outcome. After blowing up a job, no one ever gets out and says, “Hey! That makes me look forward to the next.” It is difficult to get on the right foot when there is stigma or discouragement.
What do you do if it’s embarrassing? These are some suggestions that may help:
1. It doesn’t matter how much you try to forget it, reflect.
But don’t criticize yourself. You have had enough of the negative impressions to feel ashamed. Write down your objective assessment. You should write both the bad and the good points. Your opinion on what happened is not always as negative as the opinions of others. You are often the most inconsiderate person you know. Instead of dwelling on your mistakes, put them down on paper. Be cool, and consider what you should do next time. Only then can you forget about what happened.
2. They are to be thanked anyway
You should send them a thank you note the night following your meeting. If you make a mistake that has a negative effect on the interviewer, apologize. However, don’t get into too many details and keep it professional. This letter will not bring you second consideration. But, it will help to communicate your appreciation for his time.
3. Don’t vent on social media sites
Although Facebook and Twitter can be used for personal expression, it’s also public platforms. You can quickly let your interviewer know you don’t like him or remind them about how they botched the face-to-face meeting by posting a negative tweet or posting on Facebook. It’s unlikely that your potential employer will see it because nearly everyone uses social media. Unfortunately, these sites are used by hiring managers to find out more about you.
4. You can replay the results and alter them.
Here’s the secret: Pretend that everything went smoothly. You can forget all details about the interview that went wrong. You can replay the interview and make corrections if necessary. Imagine how it would feel if you were successful. Imagine yourself giving the best answers, and your interviewer applauding you. Imagine being offered the job. You might think that everything went smoothly, but this is a lie. It boosts confidence and prepares you for the next interview.
5. Keep the bridge open and connect.
Don’t forget to build a bridge between everyone you have met along the journey. Corporate life is so small. It is possible to meet someone again in another company. Even if you start with a bad foot, why not make connections?
Every negative turn can be either a success story or a failure, depending on how you slice it.
Nelson Mullins was a former expert in corporate hiring and recruitment. He regularly writes articles about resumes, writing resumes, personality development, and general career topics. He is the father of three children and enjoys biking and photography. Nelson believes that, even though the job market is a race for applicants, it’s important to remain open to new ideas and to continue to grow your career.