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The Bad Interview

Posted by [email protected] on August 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM

The Bad Interview


Scene- You feel no matter what answers you give it will never be enough; it shows all in their faces that you are not their choice. But what did you expect? It's 9:40 am. Your interview appointment was at 9:30 am. You are officially ten minutes late. Your plan was to be at the interview at least fifteen minutes prior. On top of being late you have left your portfolio on the kitchen counter. You have no note pad, extra resumes or other relevant documents. You're sweating from rushing through the building to capture back some lost minutes. You are nervous and it shows. Things are not working out for you this morning.


What can you do to get past these negative vibes that you have created for yourself? How do you overcome the bad first impression?

Recommendation #1-You should have preparation procedures in place. Keys, portfolio and any other doucments are at the door ready for pickup. A drive by the day before the interview is always wise. You can gauge what is going on in the external environment that may become a barrier to your employment. Also, leave at least one and a half hours before any interview. 

Recommendation #2-Graciously ask to reschedule the interview if possible. Allow the opportunity to project a positive first impression.

Recommendation #3-If you choose to continue with the interview; enter the interview with confidence. Do not let the interviewer see you sweat. Keep your focus and do not allow your tardiness to navigate the remainder of your interview. But, understand that being late will be factored into your interview.

There are many reasons as to why a person may be late for the interview but how you choose to react to the "bad" interview will be a reflection on you. This should be your opportunity to reflect on what factors led to the your actions. A potential employer will never accept making excuses. Remember that an interview is an opportunity to network. Networking is the opportunity to build a relationship that you can use as a resource within your career. If your first impression with a potential network connection is that you are not mindful of your time then you should expect that this is what you have presented. You must be willing to accept your mistakes. Reflect on how you should move forward and be willing to put in the necessary work to redeem yourself.

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