You Had a Bad Phone Interview for Your Dream Job.
It’s hard to ignore that feeling, the one right in the middle of your stomach telling you that you just blew the big phone interview for your dream job. It doesn’t feel good and it’s easy to get caught up in those negative feelings. Don’t do it!
Follow these tips on how to recover from a bad job interview and focus on what you can do to give yourself the best shot at still landing that gig.
Take a moment, take a breath. Guess what? It probably wasn’t as bad as you think. In fact, it might have even been ok, maybe even good. We’re often our own worst critics. Turn that critic off. Press on with confidence as if everything went ok. Your perception and the interviewer’s perception might not match up.
Review the conversation(s) and take notes. While it’s fresh on your mind, review the conversation. Jot down the things that stood out. What kinds of questions did they ask? Were they about your work history? Where they about situations you might be faced with if you get the job? Take time to get down as much as you can remember. If you were asked personality-type questions, try to figure out what they are looking for in the role. Are you a good match? If not, you’ve learned some valuable information. Remember an interview works both ways – you are also trying to decide if you want the job.
Follow up with the recruiter who set up the interview. Make sure to reach out to the recruiter who set up the interview with the hiring manager. Let them know how you think it went. If you are excited to pursue the opportunity make sure they know it. They can be an advocate for you with the hiring manager. Nurture that relationship. If this job isn’t the perfect match, but you take care of business the right way, the recruiter will remember you. You may just get a call down the road for an even better job.
Carefully craft a thank you note or notes. Sometimes interviews can seem overwhelming especially when you do group or multiple interviews. Take the time to write a personalized thank you to everyone you interviewed with. Look at the notes you made when reviewing the interview immediately after it finished. Try to add information specific to each person you spoke with about the job. Use this as an opportunity to express your enthusiasm for the job and restate the reasons why you’re perfect for the job. Seriously, let the person know you want the job — you’d be surprised how many times this doesn’t happen.
Follow these steps and you’ll have a good chance of mitigating any damage done by a less then stellar job interview. You’ll also be sharpening your skills for your next interview. Knowing where you can improve is half the battle to better interview skills!Share this: