Monday, September 26, 2011

How to Bounce Back from that Interviewing Mistake

There is a lot of advice out there for how to conduct yourself during the interview process, but there is limited information on what to do if you make a mistake. No one is perfect and to expect yourself to be 100% perfect is a sure-fire way to set yourself up for failure. Mistakes are sure to happen, but it is how we handle ourselves in that situation that will set us apart from the competition.

Today's installment from MSN Careers give some great advice for the job seeker. Tuck this information in the back of your mind and recall it if and when the unthinkable happens.

Some of the advice includes:

  • Apologize

  • Don't dwell on the mistake

  • Think on your feet

  • Don't assume it's too late to act

  • Prepare

The easiest way to deal with a mistake, of course, is not to err in the first place. Researching the company beforehand can eliminate the embarrassment of not knowing what it produces or who its biggest competitors are. Practicing aloud the answers to likely questions can build confidence and help you remember pertinent information and names. And don't hesitate to confirm an appointment, ask for the spelling of someone's name or request clarification of procedures. Better to look detail-oriented and responsible than to make a preventable blunder.

Do check out the original posting for more information.