Really consider companies an honest resume
How do I deal with a deal breaking mistake on a cover letter or resume?
I recently applied for a great job. I'm scheduled for an interview tomorrow and objectively it seems like I'm a good fit for the company and have a fair shot at the position.
I made a HUGE mistake in my cover letter that I would consider incompatible. I used the wrong company name on my resume stating that I would be a good match for [insert wrong company name here].
It was an honest mistake, I applied for multiple jobs at the time and kind of missed it. It shows a huge lack of care and attention to detail, which is usually not the way I work, and if I were an interviewer I would be honestly offended, so it's something I really want to fix.
If I try to be honest and point it out myself and explain what happened, I could:
- Possibly impress the interviewer and be able to send a new cover letter for the next stages of the interviews
- Point out something that would otherwise have gone unnoticed and end my chances of getting this great job
- Don't make a difference because the interviewer is really cool and understands that people make mistakes
If I ignore it, I run the risk of someone else finding the bug, which is bad for obvious reasons. If I make it to the later stages of the interview, my résumé and other information will be scrutinized.
So what should I do?
Jane S ♦
Jane S ♦
As in the comments:
I was offered the interview after I sent the cover letter
In all honesty, they'd see that a thousand times. If you were offered an interview after the cover letter was sent, they saw it and ignored it. I suggest you stop worrying and try to do your best in the interview.
If they bring it up in the interview for some reason, just say something like:
Oh sorry! As you can imagine, I applied for a couple of jobs and only made one mistake.
Don't make a big deal of it. You clearly don't have it, so there's no point in worrying about it any more :)
Cover letters are far less important than they used to be, depending on the area in which you are in. They may not even have read it, or they may have scanned it so quickly that they didn't notice. At worst, it's a little embarrassment that shows up in your interview in a humorous way. But it's obviously not a deal breaker because you got the interview. Stop worrying about this and focus on the interview.
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