You've prepared for your interview, and you feel you’re as ready as you can be. You have a great new interview suit, you know exactly where you’re going and you plan to arrive a few minutes early. Yet, there are some interview busters that can throw you a curve ball. Here are some common ones, and how to overcome them.
1. Your depression is kicking in.
The WHO estimates that over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. If you’re one of them, and it starts to kick in right before your interview, remember these three key things to make sure your interview doesn't get sidelined.
- You were invited. The interviewer wants you there.
- Your interviewer is secretly hoping you’re the one!
- All you have to do is make it through one hour with a smile on your face.
2. Your babysitter just canceled.
You can’t leave your child home alone, but your babysitter just canceled? Find out if a trusted neighbor can watch your child for an hour or two. If you really can’t find anyone, call the employer’s receptionist and explain your situation. Let them offer to reschedule the interview. If they are rigid and don’t understand, you probably wouldn’t have wanted to work there anyway.
3. There’s an awkward silence.
If you’re in the middle of an interview and an awkward silence occurs, there are a few lines you can use to get out of it. Try to memorize these lines so you’ll have them ready should the need arise.
“I just want you to know I’m really grateful you called me for this interview.”
“Are there any other questions I can answer for you?”
“I’m very excited about this opportunity.”
In any interview, you have to be prepared for the unexpected. Don’t let a few bumps in the process keep you from attaining your goal.