Most people worry about their interview, especially if it’s an interview with their dream employer, but there are many strategies to approaching your job interview that will enable you to remain calm and not lose your composure when the day arrives.
Here are our top tips for ensuring you remain calm and stay focused when it matters most!
Your CV is your best friend
You created your CV ensuring that it highlighted your core skills and key strengths and so you should know its contents like the back of your hand. Ensure that you read through you CV (and your career portfolio if you have one), the night before your interview and once again in the morning of your interview. This will help ensure some of its key points are at the forefront of your mind.
Preparation is King
You can never over prepare for an interview – the more preparation you do the more confident you’ll feel and this will help erode any nerves enormously. You need to ensure you have researched the role and know what is expected of the successful candidate; you need to have researched the company and have an understanding of how the role for which you are being interviewed fits within the organisation; and most importantly you need to have researched you – your history, your future, and the benefits you can bring to the employer.
Many interviewers use competency based questioning; they will ask questions that are related to a particular skill that is linked to the role. It’s impossible to plan your answers for every question, there are 1000s, but if you think about the core skills and requirements of the role and link these to possible competency based questions, you should be able to prepare your answers to most popular questions.
Knowing who your interviewer is and appreciating the location of your interview can help put your mind at ease. Do some research on LinkedIn to find out a little background information on the interviewer, knowing who he/she is will not only take away any fears, but can also provide you with some questions to ask on his/her career progression (be careful not to sound like a stalker!).
Similarly, having a trial run of the journey to the interview destination and getting acquainted with the premises will also help take away any stresses associated with not knowing how long the journey is or how to find the office from the train/bus stop.
If you’re struggling to feel confident do your best to try to act confident. Start with a good firm handshake and then think about your body language throughout the interview. Try sitting up tall, placing your hands either beside you or on your lap, think about how your voice sounds, is it clear, the right tone, the right volume? Also ensure you maintain good eye contact to deliver a confident persona.
Final quick tips:
- Get a good night’s sleep to help you feel fresh
- Don’t drink alcohol the night before, or just have one if you need help to sleep
- On route to the interview think about any small talk that might be needed at the beginning of the interview (the weather, your journey, relevant news item)
- Try and secure a morning interview if you can, you can get it over with and enjoy the rest of your day
- If you have an afternoon interview try to get some exercise in the morning and use this time to fine tune your opening statement
- Try not to worry and simply be yourself. An interviewer’s role is to get top quality information from every candidate and to achieve this they understand they need to help you relax. The majority of interviewers will not try to trip you up, they want to hear the best you have to offer and any decent interviewer will give you the opportunity to do this.
If you’d like more tips on interview strategy then why not come along to one of our Interview Technique Training Seminars where you will learn many more tips and tricks on how to work with and impress interviewers, plus get the finer detail on proper interview preparation. Our seminars also give you an excellent opportunity for practicing your interview technique in a safe environment where you can learn from your mistakes and improve your performance for when it really matters.
Remember this – you never get a second chance to make a first impression!
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