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What if you’ve had a bad job interview? Is there anything you can do to save yourself from a complete failure… or should you just chock it up as a loss?
Let’s face it, we all have our off days. Not every job interview you go on is going to be a winner.
This can be especially frustrating if you’re interviewing for a job you know you’re absolutely right for, but you fail to make the right connection for whatever reason.
So what should you do if you botch a job interview?
Over at the HR Bartender blog, Sharlyn interviews two interview experts to get their suggestions.
Both experts came to a similar conclusion: your follow up to an interview can be key to saving your butt.
If you’re not in the habit of sending a post-interview follow up letter or thank you letter, it’s time to get with the program. At the very least, following up after a job interview will help you find out what your chances are for getting hired. In the worst case scenario, a polite, post- interview follow up will help you clean up some of the mess you’ve made during a botched interview.
Miriam Salpeter puts it this way:
Once the interview is over, you can send a note following up regarding some point you didn’t articulate as well as you would have liked. For example, “You asked about my past successes planning major events, and I forget to mention the XYZ program for over 1,500 colleagues I planned last year. The CEO personally thanked me!”
Steve Browne said something similar:
The best chance to recover is to be unique in how you send a Thank You back to the company. I recommend a hand written note on a card. It works every time because most people jump to an electronic response which doesn’t differentiate them from anyone else. I’ve also seen very creative responses as Thank You’s such as a person who sent all of the interviewers a kaleidoscope with a note to remind us that he truly could “look at things differently” which is what we were looking for. We hired him on the spot.
We’ve long recommended using snail mail or old school handwritten responses to follow up to job interviews (and even for submitting your resume!).
We’d also add that the right follow up to a bad interview can actually be used to get a do-over. What’s wrong with being honest and saying something along the lines of “I really don’t think the interview went well, but I’m so certain I’m right for this position, I’d like to meet with you again to bring up some points I didn’t get a chance to make.” At the very least, this shows initiative and perseverance. For all you know, they thought you were perfect for the job too… maybe they were just as frustrated with how the interview went as you were!
Make sure you’re polite, and focus on offering new information. After all, if you’re requesting a do-over, don’t waste their time by actually doing and saying the same things. Bring something new to the table and maybe they’re be willing to hear you out a second time.
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