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Bombed interview... [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 10:43
Hi, I appreciate any feedback you can give me on this issue. I suspect the answers will be beneficial to others who felt like they bombed their interview as well. I began to catch a cold at the start of the day of the interview, but decided against telling my interviewer since I felt like it would come across poorly. The interview went bad in the sense that I just simply couldn't think. I feel like I'm great at conversations, I'm outgoing, enthusiastic, etc, etc. That *definitely* did not show in the interview. I was monotone, fumbling my words,etc. I had prepared heavily for that interview, did a bunch of mocks that went really well, had very articulate answers for a huge variety of questions (not memorized, but prepared to share freeflow) and none of those things showed on the day of. I'm pretty bummed. Partly I was a little nervous of course, but mostly I think my stuffy head just gave me a hard time coming across as my best self. I kind of regret the decision to not say I was sick now and I feel its also too late to send an email explaining the situation (been 9 days since interview).Some things I was thinking about:

-join a toastmasters club: send a follow up email basically acknowledging I came across as a little awkward during the interview and to mitigate that I've taken some concrete actions to improve my interpersonal communication skills by joining toastmasters.

-I'm in Dale Carnegie training (started before interview), and last night won an outstanding speech award: again acknowledging my performance wasn't the best, but show that the speech training I've been going through has shown measurable improvement in my communication skills

-go ahead and say I was sick during the interview (even though its been 9 days)

Should I say anything at all? Should I acknowledge the interview didn't go well? I'm really trigger happy right now in wanting to send an email to adcom, but I'd like feedback on whether I should do anything at all.

Thanks for your feedback!
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Re: Bombed interview... [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2014, 09:43
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That’s a frustrating situation! But I actually think you were right not to mention being sick at the interview. It could sound negative, like an excuse even before it starts, and also the interviewer might wish not to be exposed to a cold or flu! Your best choice at the time was either go ahead and not say anything (which you did) or reschedule.

Now, I suggest waiting for the application decision. The application is what it is, and schools would not appreciate additional info regarding the app at this point. Then, if you happen to be wait-listed, that’s the time to mention that you believe the interview didn’t go well, and to discuss the positive steps you’ve taken (here too I suggest not mentioning you had a cold, which would sound like an excuse). Keep everything affirmative, positive, and forward-looking.

Good luck! I commend the constructive steps you’re taking.
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