So you made it through the job interview! Maybe it wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be. Maybe it was, but it’s still practice for the next one, right? Take a breath of relief and pat yourself on the back!
What do you do now? Well, there will be some waiting involved. It is unlikely that the hiring manager made an immediate decision and they may not be finished interviewing other applicants.
While waiting, try not to drive yourself nuts going over your interview questions again and again in your head. Unless you actually gave misinformation that needs to be corrected, there is no point in torturing yourself.
Instead, stay busy. Continue your job search. Put the interview to the side for now and look into other opportunities, unless you truly feel that a bit of information you gave needs to be corrected.
For example, if you applied for a job that will require you to drive and you reported moving traffic violations within the last year, but really they were five years ago, you may want to call them. The amount of time could impact their insurance rates, so they may be pleased to have the correction.
Most of the time, however, if you accidentally misspoke a tiny bit, it is best to leave it alone. The interviewer realizes that you are nervous. If you slightly underestimated your sales, for example, this should not be a big deal.
If you don’t receive a job offer from this interview, don’t sweat it. Just stay busy and keep up your job search. Each interview is an opportunity to practice and improve your interview skills, which will help you on the next one.
There may be questions you think you should have answered differently. Great – now that you know this, use this as an opportunity to prepare for the next one – you’ll do better and better each time, so give yourself a pat on the back!
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