But then....you're blowing it in the interview. And as we all know, you can't un-ring a bell, or can you? Interviewing is simply a pass/fail proposition: either you're moving on to the next phase of the hiring process, or you're not. If you've rung a bell you didn't mean to ring, most times the interviewer will automatically file you in the 'no' category and there's no going back. There are several factors why this is:
1) The caliber of candidates is high
2) Candidates are well-prepared for a 'normal' interview process
3) Organizations and hiring professionals don't have the time to give candidates 'the benefit of the doubt'
4) Hiring professionals believe they are going to find the 'perfect' candidate and...
5) The interviewer is willing to wait in this economy for the 'perfect' candidate to show up
However, there is one BIG caveat to the above factors: these factors only come into play when there is no real connection made during the interview conversation. If there is a connection made between the interviewer and interviewee, i.e. the interviewee has positioned them self as 'likeable' in the eyes of the interviewer, then there may be several bells the interviewee can ring without automatically going into the 'no' pile.
So, the only way to un-ring the bell is to make a connection with the interviewer and be likeable. Am I suggesting you don't prepare properly? Absolutely not. Try not to ring the bell in the first place, but if you do, know that all is not lost, unless you fail to make a connection.