Job interviews are stressful at the best of times, but with so much pressure at the moment to secure a job, when you do get one you want to make the most of it.
Sure, you have all the experience required and you know you’d be a great fit but there’s one problem – your interview nerves are setting in. They can hit you in the lobby before the meeting, on the drive in, or even the night before…Believe us when we say you are not alone.
Typical interview fears include being under qualified, being overqualified, being late, making a poor impression, not knowing the answer to a question and lack of preparation. Although pre-interview nerves are normal, they can take over to the point where they negatively impact your performance.
Here are a few tips you should follow to make those interview nerves disappear:
Understand it’s not always a pass or fail situation
While the goal of an interview is always ultimately to get the job offer, it’s not always a pass or fail situation (Especially in recruitment). While one job may not be the best fit, another might be perfect. You never know what the recruiter will pull out of their hat.
It’s hard to know what skills, experience and knowledge you have to give a future employer but it helps to understand what your motivation for the role is and why you’re the best candidate.
It’s not all about you
As the person being interviewed, the focus is on you, but remember that the interviewer is under pressure too. Pressure of interviewing well and the pressure to recruit well. Every candidate lined up for this job is in the same position as you so let that ease the pressure you’re putting on your shoulders.
If you have researched the company/industry, know what skills/experience you have to match the job requirements, are driven and motivated, can recount your key career successes, know what points you want to get across and what ideas you can bring to the role, you’re good to go.
You’ve prepared well, you know you can do this role well, now it’s time to relax and trust yourself.
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