Preparing for an interview can be a nerve-wracking time because sometimes an interview can mean the difference between securing the job or being back at square one. This is why it is essential to be prepared, perform well and make a lasting positive impression. This may seem like an intimidating prospect, but there are a number of simple, worthwhile things you can do to help stay cool, calm and collected and boost your chances of success.
Here are our top tips:
Research is key. Spend time thoroughly getting to know the company and the role you are applying for – that way, you will know what to expect on the day and appear enthusiastic. You should also take some time to prepare answers for potential interview questions and practice answering them – the STAR technique is an effective way to do this. You can watch our video about the STAR technique here.
The night before an interview, you might find it useful to run through the interview day and what you would like to say to the assessor. You could ask a friend or family member to help, or sit in front of the mirror. It may sound silly, but it could really help you reduce your nerves.
Get a good night’s sleep
Tiredness on the day of the interview can perpetuate feelings of worry and hinder your ability to appear alert and prepared. You can reduce stress by ensuring that you are well rested and ready to take on the day.