What if You Stumble During an Interview?

In case you lose your train of thoughts in the middle of answering the interview question then do not get panic as doing so would make you realize that you can't even remember what the original question was. It's a safe bet that almost anyone who's ever been interviewed for a job (including the interviewer) has experienced something similar at one time or another. Making such mistake probably won't cost you the job, but how you recover from such stumble can definitely influence the impression the interviewers have about your suitability for the position.

Given below are the simple tips to be followed if you stumble during an interview:


It is quite common for people to become nervous while attending interview and most of the interviewer will empathize with your feelings. Keep your mind relaxed in case you stumble, pause and take a deep breath. Experts suggests pushing oneself back from the table. But don't take too long to bring yourself back on track. If you're really panicked, then take out a handout that you prepared in advance and use it as a prompt to get yourself back on track. Don't worry if you missed a critical point and instead look for chances later in the interview to make up for the missed opportunity.

Remain Confident:

It is the most desirable attribute which interviewer searches for in a candidate. For a confident person a mistake or stumble is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how calm and collected he/she is when under pressure. Remember that many times what you viewed as a major faux pas might have gone completely unnoticed by the interviewer so don’t apologize for your stumble. Just stay calm and confident and move on with the interview.

Write a thank you note or email:

In case you have stumbled badly like failing to answer a critical question or forgetting key information then you still have time to make up for it after the interview. Write a personalized thank you note or email to the interviewer, and crisply mention that you didn't fully explain your experience in a certain area during the interview. To substantiate your note you must attach a work sample, qualification or award showcasing your relevant experience, or simply include an additional sentence to summarize the additional details you want to convey. Avoid getting into extensive detail, because the real purpose of your note is to thank the interviewer for their time and at the same time use this as a god sent opportunity to make up for any shortcomings during the interview. Ideally such a note should be sent promptly within 24 hours of the interviewer to ensure that it reaches the interviewer before he makes the hiring decision.