How do you prepare for an interview? Do you think about the questions you might be asked? Do you review your resume and figure out what you will say? Most people think of their ideal interview and how to make the best first impression, but what if it doesn’t go as planned? Insert the saying: Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
You should always prepare for and try to make the interview run smoothly, but there is always a possibility something unexpected can make it less than ideal. Here are some common interview mishaps and how to quickly solve them on the spot.
Your wardrobe is less than perfect. If you don’t know what to wear, here’s a tip: It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed so, yes, wear the blazer, and keep it conservative. If you unfortunately have a wardrobe malfunction on the day of the interview, it is best to acknowledge the problem to the interviewer so they don’t take your unawareness as unprofessional.
You’re asked a difficult or unexpected question. You don’t have to answer right away. Take a breath and say that’s a good question, let me think about it. It’s better to pause and think about the answer than to say the first thing that comes to mind that may not be the best response.
You’re running late. You should always leave early for an interview, just in case something comes up, such as a closed road, getting lost or a car accident. If you are too early, you can grab a coffee. However, if you leave early and still end up being late, try to call the person with whom you are interviewing, apologize and give them a heads up that you’re running late. If you’re unable to get a hold of them, apologize right when you make it there.
Your phone rings. It’s key to put your phone on silent, but sometimes it is easy to forget. If your phone goes off, apologize and shut down your phone. Don’t ignore it, because then it becomes a larger distraction. P.S. Vibrate is not silent.
If you want more tips on how to save your interview if it goes wrong, check them out here. And remember: Mistakes happen and things pop up; it’s all about how you handle them. Good luck!
What are your tips for recovering from an interview mistake?