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Bombed interview...... [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 10:44
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 20 Feb 2014, 15:37
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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!


Naaaaaaah, don't send that mail. I'ts actually quite normal to have the "post-interview blues" and a lot of folks (and a lot of folks who get accepted) don't feel good after your interview. I feel that if you write such an email, it just makes you seem defensive.

If you haven't written anything at all, just write a quick note to say thank you and emphasis your excitement for the school one more time, and then you are good...


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