Interviews are tough! To help out, we’ve thought of a few ways to settle your nerves and prepare for your next job interview.
Go online and read everything you can about the organisation and your interviewers (look them up on Facebook and LinkedIn, you know they would have sneaked a look at your profile..)
Finding similar views and interests can really help to build rapport. It can also make the meeting a little less intimidating, knowing you’re interviewing with a kindred spirit who shares your love for fly fishing.
Do the prep work, so you can be confident in yourself and your abilities. The more self-aware you are, the better you will be at knowing why you’re the best one for the job.
- Know yourself and your skill set. Break down your current or most recent role. Work out what you’re good at, what you enjoyed working on, where you need to improve, what management style you prefer and what you want to learn in your new role. This will help you form answers for all of those fun “tell us about yourself” and “tell us what your greatest weakness is” questions.
- Have the contact details of the interviewer in case you hit a snag. Even when you plan to get to your interview 15 minutes early, life can still get in the way, you can’t un-cancel a train or predict your car will break down. Know who to call.
- Brainstorm some questions to ask at the end of the interview. Think of things you haven’t been able to find out from your research. For example, what does a standard day look like? What do they enjoy most about working there?
If interviews cause you anxiety, do everything you can to help yourself de-stress and land that dream job.
- Don’t cram the morning before, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to do your research well before the interview.
- Get a good night’s sleep, have your outfit organised and directions ready to go the night before. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, write down all those thoughts that are swirling around in your head. They’ll be right there waiting for you the next morning.
- Plan how you’re going to calm your nerves on the day and do what works for you. If meditation is your thing, allow extra time to manage your stress or park a little further away so you can walk off your pre-interview nerves.
Remember to keep smiling, it can actually make you feel better!
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