Staying Calm for the interview itself
So, you’ve landed the interview! Great news! Well done you, you’ve obviously presented yourself well to this point, whether that’s via your CV, a telephone interview, a registration meeting with a recruitment agency or all 3.
So, now it’s time to turn your thoughts to the interview, and what you can do to make the absolute best of it, and make the experience as stress free as possible.
These tips might help make things a little easier on the day:
- Rehearse – Talking the potential interview scenario over with someone can really help you, rehearse answers to common questions
- Your CV – Read and re-read your own CV, make sure you know it well, as this is usually what the discussion will be based around
- Sleep – Get a good nights sleep the night before, give yourself the best chance by having good energy levels
- Visualise – In a non-arrogant manner, imagine that you already have the job before you go into the interview, take a deep breath of pride and head into that interview
- Context – If you feel as though nerves are really getting the better of you, try to get the situation into context. Remind yourself that ultimately this is just a meeting, a conversation.
- Notes – Take a pad and pen with you, you might want to note down some information given at interview
- Be passionate, be positive – If you’re asked about something that you feel passionate about, it’s fine to let this show. It allows the interviewer to see more of your true personality. Only best to apply this when you’re talking about something positive, not something that really ticks you off though!
And remember – the interviewer is a person, just like you and me. They got up this morning, got ready and came into work, just like everyone else. They just need to meet you, and get to understand your work history and what type of person you are, so help them to understand all of that. Try to relax, and have an open, positive and friendly conversation.