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Bad Interview

Turning A Bad Interview Around

There are many ways for an interview to go wrong. Many of these are obviious and avoidable misatkes (i.e. you show up late, there's a stain on your shirt, etc...) But sometimes however, it isn't clear why an interview isn't going well. Here's what to do:

Stay Positive:
Try to keep smiling. Body language plays an important part in an interview. Smiling also helps increase your energy and project confidence - all plusses in an interview.

Ask the Interviewer Questions:
If you feel that you aren't giving the right answers to an interviewer's questions, then and ask the interviewer a few questions of your own. You don't have to wait until the end of an interview to ask questions. This will give you a chance to compose yourself and the interviewer's answers may give you a clue as to what he or she is looking for.

Get Feedback:
If an interviewer seems bored while you're answering a question, ask if you have answering what they're looking for. That way, you can avoid talking about the wrong things and begin talking about the right things.

Maybe you misunderstood the question or maybe the question wasn't phrased clearly. Don't struggle to answer - just ask the interviewer for some clarification.

If you still feel like the interview is going poorly, then towards the end of the interview ask if the interviewer has any concerns or questions regarding you as a candidate. That way, you can directly respond to any issues.

Your Answers May Not Be the Problem:
The interviewer may just be in a bad mood. There are all osrts of reasons why an interviewer may have been in a bad mood which may have nothing to do with you. So just do the best and don't worry about things you can't control.

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