There are many ways for an interview to go wrong。
You show up late. There's a stain on your shirt. You accidentally insult the interviewer's mother。
All avoidable mistakes。
Sometimes, however, there simply isn't a clear explanation for why an interview isn't going well. Sometimes, no matter what you do or say, an interview just fizzles。
Don't panic -- you can save this interview。
The first step: Smile. Body language plays an important part in an interview. If you relax your shoulders and give a big ol'grin, you'll feel more comfortable ... and so will the interviewer. Smiling also helps increase your energy and project confidence -- all plusses in an interview。
While smiling is a good start to turning an interview around, there are other steps you can take。
Ask the Interviewer Questions
This is known as the "switcheroo."
If you feel that you just aren't giving the right answers to an interviewer's questions, try changing tactics -- and ask the interviewer a few questions of your own。
If you momentarily switch the focus from yourself to the interviewer, it will give you a chance to regroup and compose yourself. Also, it will make the interviewer do some talking, perhaps giving you a clue to what he or she is looking for。
Be sure to prepare your questions in advance and make sure they are appropriate. Some examples:
* What's your favorite thing about working at this company?
* How would you describe the working environment here?
* What's a typical day like in the department?
If an interviewer seems bored or cold while you're answering a question, all is not lost。
Stop and ask if your answer is going in the direction they're looking for. That way, you can avoid talking about the wrong things and begin talking about the right things。