Have you managed to watch Channels 4’s new series called ‘The Job Interview’? It’s a fascinating show which follows applicants through their job interview. It captures the thoughts and feelings of both the applicants and the businesses, exposing some of the more ‘interesting’ interview styles and some of the, sometimes awkward to watch, answers. Despite there being many different applicants for a few jobs, they all have one thing in common, and it’s something we can all relate to – they are all nervous. During some of the interviews it’s clear to see which of the applicant’s let their nerves get the better of them, causing them to make small mistakes that go on to throw them off for the rest of the interview.
Here are some tips that you can use to overcome your interview nerves, and hopefully help you to nail your interview.
One thing that is guaranteed to lessen your nerves is having a good understanding about the company, the role and your skills that fit the job. You’ll have practiced some answers to possible interview questions and looked up the people who will be interviewing you. Having some key points and then questions that you want to deliver in the interview will help to make you feel more in control of the situation, which in turn helps to lessen the nerves.
Dress for success
Get your interview outfit sorted a few days before you need it. Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed, and wear smart comfortable shoes (forgo the blisters!) Make sure you set your outfit out the night before so there are no unwanted surprises or hiccups on the day. Dressing the part will make you feel much more confident during the interview.
If the nerves are really starting to bubble up try exercising the day or evening before. Exercising helps to regulate your body and being active helps to stop your mind racing. By expending energy you’ll also set yourself up for a good night’s sleep, which is exactly what you need before an interview; you definitely don’t want to show up bleary eyed and yawn your way through the meeting.
When you arrive at the interview, introduce yourself clearly and be pleasant. Don’t make yourself sound too robotic, remember an interview is a chance for both parties to meet each other, exchange thoughts and ideas and to hopefully find that you are a good fit for their company (and vice versa).
It’s for you, too…
Remember that interviews are for your benefit too. Yes, you are looking for a new job, with getting more money and responsibility being the likely drivers behind your search, but the interview is not you begging for a job. The company also have to represent themselves as a place you’d like to join. You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you!