It’s happened – you’ve just been invited in for a face to face interview by a potential employer and the nerves start to kick in. You know that this is the role you’ve wanted for a while and that you have all the skills for the job, yet the doubts start to creep in.
Nerves are completely normal – it would be more of a concern if you didn’t have ‘butterflies’ before you shake the hand of a future employer. In fact, nerves are considered a good thing as it will indicate that you are committed and passionate about the role that you are going for!
Here are our 5 top tips to calm your interview nerves:
- You know yourself, your motives, your strengths & your weaknesses: You know exactly what you can offer to a business, and what difficulties you will face in a new position. Knowing your motivations and reasons for wanting the job will calm your nerves and make things a lot clearer in your head, so if there are any ‘out of the box’ questions, you’ll be prepared for them.
- Don’t compare yourself to other candidates: If you weren’t worthy of an interview, you simply wouldn’t have got one. Trying to benchmark yourself against other candidates that you know nothing about is pointless. If you go in with the mindset that there are better candidates out there, you simply won’t be in the right frame of mind to get the job.
- Research is the key: If you know everything there is to know about the role you are applying for as well as the company history and culture, you will naturally feel more prepared than if you hadn’t done any background research. Unsure what to read up on? Just ask the person you are interviewing with for a few tips on what they would like you to look at prior to a face to face. Not only will it show your enthusiasm, but it will give you the best preparation possible!
- It’s not all about you: Believe it or not, recruiters and employers alike can also feel quite pressured in an interview to give you the best possible chance as well as ask challenging questions. It’s also good to remember that there are other candidates going through the same process as you – you aren’t alone.
- See it as a conversation, not an interrogation: An interview is simply an employer and a candidate deciphering whether they are right for each other. Remember, you as a candidate are entitled to ask questions too. Don’t see an interview as a huge obstacle, it is simply a more formal conversation with questions about your employment and you as an individual, it’s as simple as that.
We wish you the best of luck with your interview…
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