Interviews can be overwhelming and nerve wrecking for even the most confident individuals. Imagine handing your resume over to the interviewer and spilling water all over your now ruined resume. In a crisis like this, we should all know how to handle the situation in a calm and professional manner.
1. You spill water all over your resume.
Accidents happen due to nervousness, so you should always attend an interview with more than one copy of your resume. If you spilled water on one copy, the worst you can do is panic and act unprofessional. Simply apologize for the mess you made, tidy up, and explain that you have another copy on hand. But, it many cases, if water is offered to you during an interview, you should respectfully decline. Accepting water usually shows signs of nervousness instead of confidence. Also, it would help to avoid an accident int he first place.
2. What if the interviewer turns out to be your ex?
So you have a job interview, and you’re super stoked about it! You’re dressed to impress, you have a folder of resumes, examples of your work, and anything else you need to prove that you
can succeed in this new job! You show up 15 minutes early, and wait for your interviewer to show you up and invite you back to show off your impressive list of achievements.
However, when the interviewer shows up you’re mortified! The interviewer is none other than
your ex! You panic of course, who wouldn’t?! In this scenario you have to take a few things into consideration right off the bat:
1. How bad do you truly want this job?
a. Is it worth the initial awkwardness of seeing a former romantic
partner around the office in a professional setting?
b. Can you (or your ex) be civil in the workplace and put all past
experiences behind in order to accomplish tasks and goals with the company’s
best interests in mind?
2. If you’ve decided to still go forward with the interview there’s a few important
notes to carry forth as well.
a. This is a professional environment, there’s no need to bring up the
relationship whether it be pleasant or not in the interview.
b. Keep calm and collected. This interview is just a small hint of what
is to come should you be hired, if you can’t remain civil in an interview, there’s no
telling what could happen on a day to day basis.
c. Even after the interview, don’t contact your ex with questions
about how you did or when you should be receiving a call. Depending on the ex
this could be seen as needy or even as an attempt to win them back.
3. Ink explodes on your shirt.
If ink happens to explode on your shirt, don’t make a big deal out of it. The interviewer will see that you cannot handle unpredicted situations if you break into panic mode. Recognize your mistake and simply cover it up as much as possible with your jacket or blazer so that t doesn’t become a distraction. Avoid excusing yourself in any way from the interview because it leaves a bad impression if you keep the interviewer waiting.