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So, you’ve just f**ked up your interview… What now?

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It appears The Great Resignation is upon us, with many of us looking for greener pastures in our work lives after a tough couple of years. 

So now we’re out applying for jobs, perhaps a recruiter contacted us directly, or we’ve been casually browsing and finally decided to take the plunge deep into job hunting. 

There’s a job that really floats our boat with all the perks and conditions anyone could want, and we’ve made it to the interview… and completely bombed. Stuffed it up. Foot-in-mouth, hands-down, absolute disaster.

What now?

To be able to navigate these treacherous waters successfully, you’ll need to keep your sense of humour and take some counter-intuitive steps.


1. Reframe

Do what the comedy geniuses among us do and reframe the situation,  finding the funny within the utterly humiliating. Exaggerate how things could be worse like thinking “I could have turned up without pants on” or “lucky I let that fart out in the car before I arrived”. Looking at the situation from a different perspective can also help take away the seriousness and anxiety, for example the Americas on a map look like a giant duck when viewed side-on.


2. Reach Out 

Shoot over an email or make a follow up phone call and give the interviewer an honest picture of who you really are, apologise for your dodgy interview and have a chat about what makes you qualified for the job. If you’re lucky, they may just look past whatever snafu happened during the interview (big or small) and give you the job anyway. Of course this is only likely to happen if, despite a less-than-ideal interview, you have relevant experience and the desired qualifications for the job. 


3. Reward Yourself

Rescue dogs dealing with a huge disaster will sometimes quit working if all they do is find dead bodies (no BS, this is a thing). So their handlers reward the dogs by burying a live member of the search team in the rubble to be found, and voila - you’ve got motivated canines raring to go. So don’t wallow, get positive! Give yourself an award for “The Bonehead Interview Play of the Year”, order a year’s supply of beer or, if you’re really desperate… bury a member of your family in the rubble so you can find them alive and wag your tail all the way home.


4. Relax! 

Give yourself a f**king break, and a laugh! Life is no good if it’s all serious all of the time, and the best time to be a little silly and lift your mood is when you’ve had a negative experience. Get into an elevator and belt out a cheesy rendition of Sinatra’s My Way, lift up all the wipers on your neighbour’s car, tell your kids “We need to have a serious talk…” and hit them with the best awful joke you know, order your coffee with the name “Eyepefreeleigh” and give the whole line a giggle. What you do doesn’t matter, just do something to flex your funny bone and remember it’s not the end of the world.


When it comes down to it, all you can do after something goes horribly awry in an interview is try to regroup.  Whatever happened to make you f**ck up your interview, follow the steps above and chalk it up to a lesson you’ll never forget… and maybe a good story for Friday drinks with your new work colleagues when you land a job.


If you’re currently job hunting, we’d love to hear from you. Maybe you’re looking for a role with a better work-life balance, a change of pace or with less stress - we work with some of the best companies in the country who offer amazing perks and conditions. Our career opportunities aren’t always advertised, so if you’re in building services, engineering or IT sectors make sure you book a consultation to see what we have available for you. 


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