In a job search, you’re bound to have a few interviews that don’t go as well as you’d hoped, and there are usually some signs during an interview that tell you it is going poorly.
However, we are often our own worst critic, and there are always ways to try to recover.
To prepare for handling an interview that’s taken a turn for the worst, look for these 5 common signs of a bad interview and how you can recover…
1. You’re thrown off by a question
For most job seekers, this is a common fear, and there is no way to prepare ahead of time.
If you’re unsure of your answer in the moment, talk through your thought process out loud—this is often what the interviewer is interested in anyway.
2. You messed up your answer
If after answering a question you realize that you could’ve done a better job, ask your interviewer if you can rephrase or clarify your answer at an appropriate time.
Not only will they get a better answer from you, but they’ll appreciate your assertiveness.
3. The tone of the interview seems negative
Whether there’s a lack of eye contact or the interviewer seems short with you, you will often have a gut feeling when there is a negative energy in the room—and your attitude can accidentally change as a result of that.
While there’s only so much you can do if your interviewer seems disengaged, focus on your body language to be sure that you’re emitting the positive attitude that is lacking in the room.
4. You didn’t feel prepared for the questions
Sometimes you may end an interview feeling like you weren’t prepared for any of the questions—perhaps because you and the interviewer had completely different expectations.
While it’s difficult to recover from, you should continue being engaged and ask a lot of questions at the end of the interview.
By the time you leave the room, you should have a clearer idea of the interviewer’s expectations of the role and how you can help the organization achieve its goals.
5. Your nerves got the best of you
If you’re nervous in an interview, it can be easy to lose your train of thought.
Naturally, as soon as you leave, you’ll remember exactly what you meant to say, but you can still recover!
By sending a thank you note, you can address the issue at hand. Plus, you can explain what you learned as a result and ask for feedback on your performance.