You’ve been there. It’s your big job interview or medical school interview, or maybe your moment to ask for approval on a new initiative. You practice your answers, psyche yourself up, dress to impress, and it all starts well. But then your nerves start getting in the way and you suddenly realize you are nowhere near as prepared as you thought you were.
Don’t turn and run. Turn things around. You are the one doing the talking, so you are the one who can still steer this back in a good direction. It will require a quick analysis and some focused thought though, so take a deep breath and follow these steps to recover when you’re blowing an interview.
Recover from being really tongue tied or confused.
We’ve all hit a moment when we realize we’re talking gibberish or lost our train of thought. Still, in a critical meeting it can leave you feeling flustered and even starting to feel panicky. Resist the urge to keep gibbering on, hoping you’ll eventually somehow get that train back on track. Simply stop, remind yourself that it happens to everyone and it is no big deal, then smile and say something like one of the following statements to regain your momentum: [Read more…]