Everyone is susceptible to having an off day. No one is perfect. You just don’t want that bad day to happen when you have an important job interview scheduled. Occasionally,…
Everyone is susceptible to having an off day. No one is perfect. You just don’t want that bad day to happen when you have an important job interview scheduled.
Occasionally, even with strong preparation, something just goes wrong. You don’t provide the best answers, your energy level is low, you fail to connect with the interviewer, or you are just not yourself.
The more you want a job interview, the more pressure you can put on yourself to be at your very best during job interviews. However, this stress and anxiety can negatively impact your performance during a sales job interview.
But even if you’ve had a bad sales job interview, you still have the opportunity to win a second chance if you take the right approach.
Most people assume they have one, and only one, chance at a sales job interview. This is not always the case. Often, if a company or sales recruiter believes you are a strong candidate, they may be willing to give you a second interview, even if you feel like you’ve blown the first one.
Here is what you need to do:
Before you do anything, take a little time to decompress from the interview. Reflect on the interview. Was the interview actually as bad as you thought? Or are you just overreacting? Your perception of the interview and what the interviewer thinks can be very different. You also don’t know how the other candidates fared.
Remember, this is only one opportunity and there will be others, so don’t beat yourself up about it.
If you know someone within the organization, consider reaching out to them to get the inside scoop on your interview performance. Express to them that you had an off day and really want to work for the company. See if they can get you a second chance.
If you think you failed to represent your best self, the best thing you can do is to be honest. Don’t give up. When sending your ‘thank you for the interview’ note, explain the situation and ask for a second chance. The worst thing that can happen is they say no. But they could also say yes.
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Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.