There’s no need to be scared, just prepared!
When people attend an interview they are usually full of nerves. It may help to remember that the interviewer is just as nervous as you, possibly even more so. There are many things at stake for them too; what if we get the wrong person, what if they won’t be a good team fit, what if…? The best thing you can do is alleviate their concerns by just ‘being you’. They are expecting you to be nervous, it’s the nature of the event.
Here are some tips on what to do to prevent nerves:
- Visit their website and conduct research
- Take a test run the day before, checking parking/ public transport and timing
- Prepare your interview outfit the night before
- Practice interview answers and write them down. By actually writing them down, they will come to mind a lot quicker
- Take a copy of your resume and your portfolio so you can refer to these if and when they ask for further information
- Let them know you’re nervous as you are keen on the role. You are only human after all.
- If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification instead of winging it.
- Send them a thank you email
There are a number of websites that give you lists of questions and possible answers so check them out.
And remember, if you don’t get the role, it wasn’t meant to be. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Ask for feedback and learn from it.
Speaker at our project: Re-Energising Women To Re-Enter The Workforce
Presentation Topic: Interview Techniques
Event: 17 Feb 2016 @ The Rise in Maylands