The situation may occur like after sending out countless resumes, you've finally landed a job interview with your dream company. You've picked the perfect outfit, tucked ample copies of your resume into your folder, and practiced your answers over and over.
No matter how thoroughly you prepare, mistakes can still happen during the job application and interview process. But, they don’t always mean game over—yes, even imperfect people get jobs. If you've made one of these common blunders, a few key steps can help you make the best of a bad situation.
1. One of the major blunder could be Submitting the Wrong Resume..
It’s actually a good idea to have a different version of your resume for each position you apply for, especially if you’re applying for jobs that tap into diverse types of skills and experiences. Of course—this results in having several documents titled some version of “Resume” saved to your desktop, and it puts you at risk for sending the wrong one. And happens what if you do
Don't get panic, If the resume you submitted was only subtly different than the one you wanted to, let it go. But, if there’s an incurable problem (you’re applying for a marketing position and your entire resume focuses on finance), that’s another story. Try to recover by sending an email (as soon as possible) stating that the resume you submitted was not the best, most relevant one to the position, and attaching the correct document.
Send the correct document to the hiring manager prior to your face-to-face meeting, and distribute hard copies to the interviewers when you meet them in person. No need to point out your blunder then—just smile and say, “I brought you a hard copy of my most up-to-date resume.”
2. Mixing-Up of Appointments
If you’re on a determined job hunt, then hopefully you have a calendar full of interviews lined up. And that’s great—until you mix two dates up on your calendar, or misunderstand the meaning of “next Tuesday.”
If you find yourself in this situation, for whatever reason, you absolutely must call as soon as you realize your mistake. You don’t need to give a lengthy explanation (or worse, grovel), just state your sincere regrets about your calendar mix up. Then, offer to reschedule or otherwise accommodate the hiring manager’s schedule.
Owning up to your mistake and making a proactive effort to connect with hiring managers on a personal level is exactly what employers are looking for—so, it might help you in getting a second chance.
3. Being Late for an Interview
Being late to an interview isn't always your fault—but more often than not, it makes a bad impression...
So, if you’re stuck somewhere due to unavoidable reason, or you know there’s a possibility that you won’t make it to the interview on time, try to handle the situation preemptively by making a quick call to the interviewer. Explain your situation, give them a heads up, and apologizing before you’re actually late will make a far better impression than leaving them sitting in the lobby, waiting for you and wondering.
Never offer any lame excuses. Apologize for the error..
4. Flubbing a Question in the Interview
In your mind, you might be having a perfect answer for every question, and you execute each one flawlessly in a way that highlights your strengths and experiences.
But in reality, When you’re being fed difficult questions about your career rapid-fire, you can stumble from time to time. In fact, everyone does it. And interviewers get it.
So, if you make a major flub in answering a question, relax: Take a deep breath, backtrack, and rephrase your answer. You can even say, “actually, can I repeat that, in a different way/manner?” The most important aspect to coming back from a blunder is to keep yourself cool—the interviewer will most likely remember your smooth recovery better than your slip-up.
Rather than wasting time stressing about what you could have done differently, think about how you can put a positive spin on the experience. And it may not work—but hey, you’ll never know until you try.
~~Good Luck and All the Best~~