• Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I always write about interviews and interview preparations but what if something does go wrong? We are prone to making mistakes, but how do we recover from them? And in the case of interviews, we need to recover quickly!

Depending on how bad things went, here are 4 tips that could help you turn things around:

1) Keep Going

Whenever you realize that the interview isn’t going the way you had hope it would, take a moment to gather yourself and get back on track. Panicking doesn’t take you anywhere, so relax, contain yourself and focus on the rest of the interview.

2) Professionalism

Remain calm and professional. Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question, and finally take a minute to think before you answer. Since you were never given the questions, it’s okay to think of what you want to say.

3) Ask Questions

You should have prepared good questions before the interview, use them to show the employer how prepared you are. Your questions should open up conversations that could lead to a better closure and recover from any prior unprofessionalism or mistakes…

4) Thank You Letter

A Thank You letter is always highly recommended after an interview. However, when an interview doesn’t go too well, a Thank You letter is a must. Remind the employer of why they invited you there in the first place. Remind them of what you have to offer and what makes you a great fit to their position.

If you have questions or need further assistance recovering from a Bad Interview, email

Please share your interview experiences, have you ever had a bad interview? How did you deal with it? Did you ever receive a job offer after a bad interview?

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