How did your job interview go? The job interview is a crucial piece of the job search puzzle. After the job interview, you’ll ideally be one step closer to landing the job – unless you totally bombed the job interview.
During the job interview, it’s mandatory that you are on your best behavior. Be the professional that you want to be. Proper preparation is essential. This is your shot to stand out from the crowd and show the interviewer why you’re the person they want to hire.
It’s ok to be a bit nervous during the job interview. Making a simple mistake or a mindless slip-up happens all of the time. These aren’t going to cost you the job. Remember that if you make it to the job interview round, you’re already a quality job applicant.
If you walk out the interview, and you really feel like you bombed the job interview, it’s time to ask yourself if you noticed any of the follow red flags:
- Length Of Interview – A job interview is prime time to show a company why they need you on their team. If the job interview is super short, it might be a sign that you aren’t the right person for the job.
- Botched A Question – During the job interview you’re going to get grilled with questions. If you’re unable to answer the questions, it might be a red flag.
- Interviewer’s Demeanor – Interviewers come with all sorts of personalities. If you notice that an interviewer is distracted, uninterested, rude, or bored, it’s not usually a good sign.
- Non-Verbal Clues – Watch how an interviewer presents himself or herself during the interview. You’ll be able to learn a lot through their facial expressions and body language.
- Obvious Lack Of Research – It’s your job to come prepared to the interview. Learn the ins and outs of the job, the company, the industry, the interviewer, and more. If you have no idea what’s going on, it’s bad news for you.
- Bad Mouthing Others – Companies want to hire positive people. If you are negative or you bad mouth former employers, it means you might not be a good fit.
- You’re Caught In A Lie – Before you start the interview, you can bet that the job interviewer has already done their research on you. If you’re caught in a blatant lie, you’ll have no chance of landing the job. Just be honest.
- Tardiness – Always show up early for the job interview. If you’re late, you might as well start looking for jobs elsewhere.
- Didn’t Ask Any Questions – The interview is a two way conversation. The interviewer will ask you lots of questions and you need a few questions to ask them too.
- Final Statement – At the end of the interview, you’ll ideally hear about what to do next. The way the interviewer closes out your interview can help you identify if you have a chance of landing the job.
Did you recognize any signs that you bombed the job interview? If so, it’s time to do a bit of damage control. First off, don’t panic. Take stock of the situation. Be realistic.
Depending on what you did, it’s either time to give up and refocus your job search on different jobs with different companies or it’s time to follow up and hope for the best. Every scenario is different. If you feel like you bombed the interview, it’s up to you to decide what to do next. Good luck!