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Recover from a Bad Interview

Find out how to do damage control from a bad interview

It happens to the best of job candidates. A flubbed response, late arrival, or a lack of overall preparation. Many unpredictable things can occur during a job interview. If you make a mistake, you can recover and repair the potential damage. Read on to learn how in these cases.

  • Late arrival. If you're lost, stuck in traffic or just running late, it's important to let the company know you won't be there on time. If you're running more than 10 minutes behind schedule, you should ask if the interviewer needs to reschedule the interview. If yes, take the time to apologize both verbally and write a note apologizing for the inconvenience.
  • No response. Sometimes interviewers present questions for which you aren't prepared. Use your "thank you note" as an opportunity to recover. In your note, you could state the question and briefly note a better response.
  • Forgotten contact Information. In the excitement or nervousness of an interview, many people forget to ask for the business card or contact information of their interviewer. If your interview was arranged through human resources, contact them and ask for the information. If you dealt directly with the hiring manager, call the front desk, tell the receptionist you were there for an interview, and ask for the interviewer's information.

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