Gearing up for a job interview can be overwhelming; what happens if you blow it? Unbeknownst to many job seekers, messing up during the interview isn't always a deal-breaker. It certainly can't hurt to ask for a do-over; some hiring managers may admire your spirit. If you decide to ask for a second chance, the best way to do so is via email. Follow these six tips when making your request.
1. Send a Thank You Note
No matter how poorly you think the interview went, always follow up with a thank-you note. It is standard interview protocol and leaves a good impression with the hiring manager. Immediately after the interview, send a quick thank-you email to the interviewer, reiterating your relevant skills and excitement about the opportunity. The thank-you note will pave the way for your next email asking for a second chance.
2. Wait a Few Days
Wait a day or two before you send a follow-up email. This keeps you from appearing too desperate and helps soften the memory of any flubs you made during the interview.
3. Address the Key Issues
Don't be afraid to take the bull by the horns when discussing the interview. Mention the exact questions you feel you could have answered better. This demonstrates your honesty and transparency as well as your willingness to take responsibility for your mistakes. Explain that you would like the chance to clarify a few issues you feel weren't expressed clearly. Be as detailed as you'd like, but don't try to exaggerate or give excuses for your performance.
4. Explain Why
Give the reader a clear explanation why you deserve a second interview. Reiterate how well your professional background and skills meet the company's needs, and offer to come in for another meeting at a time that is convenient for the management team. It also helps to mention your professional references and any testimonials you have about your work performance.
5. Be Thankful
At the end of the email, be sure to reiterate how thankful you are to have gotten the opportunity to interview with the organization. Then, express how grateful you would be if given the opportunity to come in for another interview.
6. Keep it Short
Your entire email should be no more than a couple of paragraphs; hiring managers are busy people. You don't want your interviewer to have to scroll down to continue reading a long, drawn-out plea. Get right to the point by addressing the key issues.
If you think you blew a job interview, try not to beat yourself up. Hiring managers are people too, and they understand that sometimes, your nerves can get the best of you. Replay the interview in your head, and write down the key areas that need improvement. If the interviewer declines your request for a second interview, be grateful for the learning opportunity and move on.
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