People get nervous during interviews. And hiring managers expect this. So if you feel you made a mistake during your recent job interview, it’s possible it wasn’t as bad as you think. But if it’s bothering you, and you’d like to attempt to make amends, there are a few steps you can take. Here’s what you should consider.
Change the tide with your thank-you note
You should always send a thank-you note right away after your interview. If you blanked on an interview question, or failed to provide key information about your experience and qualifications, you should send your follow-up as soon as you can. In it, you can offer a new and different answer to the question you blanked on. For example, “After the interview, I was thinking about your question, and I wanted to add the following to my answer.”
Don’t admit your mistake
We tend to build things up in our minds to be much bigger than they actually were. So even if you feel you’ve made a grievous error, don’t reference it directly in your follow-up letter. It’s possible the hiring manager didn’t notice as much as you did. Simply offer up your additional information without making specific note to whatever it was you said previously.
Think about a future strategy
When you mull over what happened, try to understand why it happened. Were you startled by something or someone, overtired, under the weather or distracted? If it was a difficult interview question, you can Google appropriate answers. By taking the time to learn from your mistake, you can make sure you never make it again.
Don’t let it get you down
Especially if you’re in need of a job, you don’t have time to let one interview get you down. So don’t dwell—simply send a thank-you note with follow-up information and move on. No one is perfect, and if you take steps to learn from your mistakes, you’ll be a stronger person for it.
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