Things to Consider Before Making an Effort
You have nursed your wounds and set aside your feelings of embarrassment and humiliation. Now you are eager to roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to get back into the good graces of the hiring manager or HR person that you met with. On the other hand, you might be smack-dab in the middle of an interview that took a nosedive and you are scrambling to turn it around.
Before you do, take some time to determine what went wrong and why. Was it something within your control, such as being tired, unprepared or unfocused? If so, you can take responsibility and find a way to salvage the interview.
On the other hand, perhaps you did not really experience a bad job interview. Instead, you might simply have interviewed for a position or with a company that is not the right fit for you. If you are going to beat yourself up or bend over backwards to make things right and earn a second chance, first decide whether you really want the position. If you decide to let this opportunity pass, take the time to brush up on your interviewing skills to avoid feeling ill equipped at your next interview (you can find some tips at the end of this article).
If, after some deliberation, you resolve that you really want this job but you just botched things up, read on to learn some ideas to help you save face.