Job Interviews are scary enough especially when you fumble or make nervous jokes. While it is understandable that you might feel a little overwhelmed by all the eyes focused on you as you try to gather your thoughts and answer the questions, that understanding won’t get you the job you want. So, how do you handle such a fumbling session? How do you recover from it?
Here are a few interview tips to help you on and help you make a better impression during job interviews.
Recover and recover quickly
Do understand that job interviews are all about how confident you are. While you can gape and stare, or give a weak laugh over something stupid that you said, you can take the higher way around and recover from the shock of things. Instead of losing your nerve because you fumbled or said something wrong, try to make a joke out of it and get back in the game as soon as you can.
If you don’t hold on tightly to the fumbling and nervousness, the interviewer won’t either. And the sooner you recover, the better it would be.
Take some time to breathe
So, you fumbled or said something that cannot be recovered with an “I was kidding”. In that case, take a pause. Tell the interviewer you need a minute to gather your thoughts and get back in the interview. While you might think the clock is ticking away and a minute might feel like ten, take the time you need to recover, smile, look up and start over again.
Tell stories you know and believe in
If the interviewer asks you about the last time you solved a problem and how you solved it, then talk about an event that actually took place and in which you actually participated. Fabricating stories or telling lies won’t get you anywhere and the moment you start being dishonest you will lose the flow of your thoughts and get tangled in your own mess.
The result – lots of fumbling and a poor impression on the recruiter with no job in hand.
You can overcome fumbling during job interviews by practicing and giving your confident best every opportunity you get. Log in to online portals, practice, and practice till you are confident enough and then go ahead apply for all the jobs you want and grab them.