What if the interview goes wrong?

A job interview is made from a certain structure that would be in most cases repeated. Even though some companies get very creative when it comes to job interview.

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The first interview for most companies will be done by having an in-person conversation when possible or through Skype when the first option is not possible.


Even through Skype, there are signs you can give or receive from the job interviewer or hiring manager that the job interview is not going well.


Knowing those signs will be beneficial for you.


You will be able to know, if you are on the right track, if you perceive none of those signs. If you see them, you may want to change the tone of your voice, the content of your answers, to refocus it on what matters, shortens it or check out your body language.


At the beginning of the job interview, there are already several signs that will help you determine if the job interviewer would rather be somewhere else, although you have not yet started to answer any question.


  • The job interviewer arrives significantly late and barely apologizes.

  • The job interviewer does not engage in the stairs or in the elevator and does not try to connect with you.

  • He or she; does not offer you a glass of water or a coffee.

  • He or she does not smile at you or does not try to make you feel comfortable.

When at least two of those four conditions are already listed in the beginning of your job interview. You know it is going to be a little bit more challenging than you could have expected. You may need to be extra attentive and try to connect proactively with your job interviewer.


When the interview begins, the first question which comes is:


"Can you introduce yourself?”


This question gives many opportunities for the job interviewer to bounce back and get curious about your experience or your Curriculum Vitae.

When he or she continues with the second question and does not link it to the first one. He or she may have not very much listened your answer.


The interview continues and you feel that the job interviewer:

  • Watch the clock

  • Check his phone

  • Ask questions which have no continuity to one another

  • Move around his fingers

Those are clear signs that the job interviewer would rather be somewhere else. In this case, candidates tend to start feeling nervous.


The best thing you can do is to stay focus and answer the questions with enough content but do not use extensive answers.


When the interviewer is losing track of your answer, the worst thing you can do is to use very long ones. Stay concise and continue to read the body language of your job interviewer.


Understand, what content makes him or her curious. As the job interview goes on, other signs can come.


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The job interviewer:


  • Whispers to his colleague sitting next to him or her who came to provide a second opinion

It is quite impolite when someone starts to speak to someone else in the ear. In a job interview, this is a clear sign that the job interview might not go very well. When the job interviewer cannot wait for the job interview to be over to whisper something in the ear, this could be a bad sign.


  • Stop taking note

The job interviewer was taking note at the beginning of the job interview but suddenly stop doing it. This means that in its head something switched and any notes that he or she will take will have no more influence on the final decision.


  • Read your resume through the whole interview

When the job interviewer reads your resume during the whole interview, the person does not completely pay attention to what you are saying.


During this time, there is less eye contact and the interviewer is not fully looking for connection with you. In a job interview, the candidate is there to promote him or herself but the job interviewer as well.


The goal of a company is to recruit the best candidate.

Candidate who have done their research, spend time in their preparation and have great skills to sell to a company will not be ok with a bad interview.


Sometimes, having a bad interview momentum is not only because of your answers or how you have connected with the job interviewer but the job interview itself makes it very hard to have a good time and give the best of yourself.


If the job interviewer is the hiring manager, you need to question if you actually want to work for these company, perhaps it is just a bad day for him or her but perhaps it is not. Remember thar most employees quit their boss not their job, read this article.


On the other side, also make sure you show great soft skills and no sign that you would rather be somewhere else.


Pay attention to your body language:

  • The way you sit, forward vs backward

  • The way you look

  • When you want to respond to a question, make sure you do not interrupt the speaker in any occasion.

  • The attention you keep when the interviewer speaks to you. Make sure you listen to every word and you respond accordingly.

There are other signs you can give to the job interviewer to make him feel you are very happy to be with him or her in the job interview:


  • Arrive few minutes before the job interview time given

  • Never watch you clock

  • Smile as much as you can

  • Ask question about the manager style, the company objectives and or the support you will be given if you are hire.

  • Come prepared, having done your research on the company, the job description and the manager role and responsibility.

  • A well-prepared job interview is always perceived by the job interviewer.

The success of a job interview is often played in the first 10 minutes of the job interview. The job interviewer will often let his opinion shape from its first impression. In case you feel that the job interview is not going in the direction you like to go, do not lose hope, keep giving your best until the end. Use all your preparation and all you know about job interviews to optimize your chance to make it and be the chosen candidate.


In case, at the end you feel it did not go well, try as soon as possible to pause, and reflect about it.


  1. Write down what you think you should have done differently.

  2. Spend few minutes about it but then do not over think it.

  3. Read your reflection note before your next job interview so you remember what you think has made you fail the previous job interview.


In case you would like

  • To repeat, practice your job interview

  • Be pro-active

  • Get fully knowledgeable on job interviewer expectation

  • Receive advices on how to stand out from another candidate.


Reach out to jointheambitious.com, we propose two types of interview preparation sessions.



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