After weeks of waiting for a job interview at a dream company, the big day has finally arrived. But, as if you have a curse put on you, everything goes terribly wrong. You wake up with a huge pimple on your forehead, your power suit has a stain on it that went unnoticed until the morning, you cannot find a copy of your resume, and you have to take public transportation because your car won’t start. You arrive late, embarrassed and not exactly ready to put your best foot forward, let alone answer any interview questions.

What should you do if everything has gone wrong and you’ve left the building after a bad interview? Don’t worry – there are ways to redeem yourself and maybe even get a second chance to make a better impression.

First, go home and relax and calm down.

The last thing you want to do is contact the recruiter and start sobbing on the phone. Get yourself home, changed into something comfortable, get a hot cup of tea, and collect yourself. Then jot down what you would like to say to the recruiter, so you can get your thoughts organized.

Within 24 hours, call and speak to the recruiter.

Once you have a chance to process what you want to say, take the time to give the recruiter or hiring manager a phone call. Do not send an email. You want to speak directly to the person you went to meet with. Explain what happened and that you experienced an unexpected bad day. Ask the hiring manager if they would be willing to give you a second interview, and you promise it will be much better.

If you are granted another interview, make it count.

Hiring managers are human beings, and they understand that things happen. In fact, the decision to call and request another interview was enough to convince them. But, you have your work cut out for you. Bring your “A” game, and be able to show examples of previous achievements in your career. Show out your best side in the interview and thank the hiring manager profusely for giving you another chance for a brighter interview.

Always have good manners and show appreciation.

This is going to take more than just a handwritten thank-you card, although it’s a start. Take the time to send a grateful email, followed by a small gesture of appreciation such as a card with a gift card for a local coffee shop or restaurant in it. Or have a small plant delivered to the recruiter from a florist.

Remember, bad and good days happen for a reason and if you get a second chance you may still be in the running for the job.

At Davis Staffing, we’ll listen to your needs, evaluate your skills and interests, then match you with the perfect temporary, temp-to-hire or direct hire opportunity. Contact our great team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Chicago!