Gaffe (n.): 1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas. 2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.
We all have made gaffes, some more glaring than others. The best thing to do when you commit a faux pas while on a job interview is to pardon yourself and keep going. Don’t let the embarrassment get to you, just concentrate on the interviewer’s questions. To prevent the obvious blunders, here are some tips:
* Silence, or better yet, turn off your cell phone.
* Throw out the chewing gum before you enter the building.
* Check yourself in the bathroom for any fly away hairs, unzipped clothing, and out of place make-up.
Don’t let a slight issue make you feel like a complete fool. You can still get the job if you focus on presenting yourself as a professional—and trust me, we all get caught on the other side of silly sometimes. Gaffes are only minor bumps to getting that job so focus on the prize.
Eileen Ramos is an enthusiastic introvert who has a fervor for words. She loves collecting them and seeing how they fit in, and expand, her world. She’s a writer by day, sleeper by night (well, sort of) and she can’t wait to see what title she earns next. For more information or to link with Eileen, check out her LinkedIn profile.