Have you ever made a mistake in a job interview? Said something you wish you could take back? It happens all the time, but according to Beth Braccio Hering, there are ways to recover from embarrassing mistakes, even if you don’t realize the mistake till after the interview is over.
That’s when she says you can use your thank you or follow-up message. If the mistake is fairly serious (no need to bring up a minor mistake that the interviewer may have missed anyway) you can try to correct the error – but use positive language. There’s no need to simply remind your interviewer of the problem.
Add Value to Thank Yous
Of course, the best thank yous are ones where you don’t have to apologize. Thank you messages should be timely (within 48 hours) and polite – and should be sent even for interviews that may not have gone so well. According to Don Straits, CEO and Dragonslayer of Corporate Warriors, the BEST thank you messages are also value-added: that is, they add something unique to the conversation, expanding on a topic that was mentioned during the interview.
Value-added thank yous are the way to go. But if you find yourself in a situation where you want to salvage an interview after it’s over, consider thanking the interviewer and correcting the mistake at the same time.
There are no guarantees when it comes to interviewing and followup messages, but leaving a positive impression is always a good idea.
Email or Handwritten Note? Another perspective.
“In a recent conversation with a hiring professional the topic of thank-you notes came up. He mentioned the hand-written note he’d gotten in the mail recently.
All those email thank-you notes in his email? The were read in the daily course of business.
The snail-mail thank-you note? He still has it.”
Read the article: http://blog.sfgate.com/gettowork/2014/03/31/thank-you-email-do-or-dont/