Preparing for an interview can be a nerve-wracking time because sometimes an interview can be 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 on how to banish interview nerves.
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 how to use 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
Feeling tired on the day of the interview can perpetuate feelings of worry and tiredness, 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.
Eat a good breakfast
It may seem difficult to eat on a nervous, churning stomach, but eating beforehand will help you remain focused throughout the interview and diminish distractions. Eating at least one hour before your interview will give your body enough time to digest and feel comfortable.
Give yourself a pep talk
YOU are the most qualified, personable, professional and intelligent candidate this interviewer will meet today. Believe in yourself and trust in your abilities.
You should aim to arrive a little earlier than the interview is scheduled to start. Prepare your journey and allow time for delays, as running or arriving late can increase stress levels and lead to a negative first impression.
When you meet the interviewer, do not be afraid to mention that you are feeling slightly nervous. You should remain composed, but you will often find that once the ice has been broken and feelings are out in the open, the nerves will begin to fade.
Remember that you are also interviewing THEM
As well as answering the questions thrown at you, it is also highly beneficial ask relevant questions of the interviewer. You could ask why the position is vacant, what else the interviewer would like to see from you or about the working culture of the company. This will show that you are interested and begin a discussion rather than a one-sided interview, as well as provide insights into the company you may not have otherwise gained. Find more great questions you could ask here.
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