Did you accidentally slip up during an interview? Maybe blurred out a curse word in between your dialogue? Or maybe you were caught lying on the spot? The use of inappropriate language in an interview can almost always lead to a catastrophic outcome. Bosses, especially the ones with years and years of experience, aren’t as forgiving as we would like them to be. And being put on the spot on such a moment when there is a lot of tension, anxiety and concern, is not pretty. Of course, you should already know that and if you don’t, you might be in for a rollercoaster of a surprise.
If you want to shake off your shoulders of a cringe worthy comment you have made during an interview, you’ve come to the right place. But be warn as this, although very doable, is not an easy feat. It takes a lot of semantic abilities as well as a lot of tact to accomplish but if you play your cards right, you might just champ your way to a successful interview.
First of all, politeness is what you should aim for here. There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying expressions like –I am sorry- or -I made a mistake and I apologize-. Of course, it takes courage to do so but the best stories in the history of mankind come from courageous people. With this act, not only will you be showing your ability to recognize a mistake but also the ability to come out of a muddy situation in a delicate manner. These two can prove your future staff leader that you are prime material for the position.
Secondly, this is the part where you talk your way out of the issue. This is by far the toughest of challenges but with the help of linguistic connectors and rephrasing statements, you can do this in a heartbeat. Expressions such as –what I meant to say was- or –please, allow me to rephrase my idea- and the like, you can lead your way to a positive horizon. From this point on, it is absolutely necessary that you use a more professional vocabulary that makes you look adequate in the moment. If you do this, your momentary flaw will be reduced significantly. Now, to those that are thinking: this is easier said than done; let me tell you a bit of a secret that you might find shocking: the interviewer is also a human and as such, is prone to making mistakes as well. What’s important here is the attitude you take to face the consequences of such behavior. If it is polite and proper, your future boss will notice and he will be less prone to unleash his judgment on you.
Last but not least, you absolutely need to make your point across by restating as many times as necessary that the conduct you showed is not something you usually do. It always help that at the end of the interview, you make a simple casual comment about this and make a contrastive comparisson between what your interviewer witnessed and how he or she expects you to behave in office. This will reassure him your ability to mend mistakes and the will to recover from a dreadful start.