We all get job interview nerves.
It even gets worse when a pay check is added to it, or bills are rising and not getting this job will be catastrophic to your career, finance and maybe even your relationship with your spouse.
So it is normal to get job interview nerves but don’t show it to the hiring manager or interviewer.
Of course this is easier said than done for many people, so here are 5 things you can do to overcome job interview nerves and look like an interview pro.
Do ample research on the company and the interviewer (s) –
Imagine knowing that the interviewer was class mates with your brother in College, or that the interviewer volunteers for a Charity or love a particular sport. This little intel could tip the interview conversation in your favour. Here’s a little trick. Let’s say your interviewer supports Barcelona Football club, and during your interview you were asked about team work. Imagine responding with an example using Barcelona FC as an example of good team work. The interviewer will connect straightaway and probably like you more.
Also, don’t forget to research the company and find latest news and activities.
Go for a referral –
One of the first things to do when applying to a company is to simultaneously seek for referrals i.e employees or people connect to the company that can recommend you or give you useful information about the company, the culture, expectations etc. Armed with this level of information you’ll be more confident when you get called for an interview.
What is Google saying about you?
Actually, it is not just Google. What is the web saying about you? You don’t know? Well it could be costing you your dream job.
Find out today, and address it. Employers will search you out online and knowing that they will find good things about you will boost your confidence and calm your nerves in interviews.
Practice, Practice, Practice –
You can’t ‘wing’ it. You will fall flat on your face. Don’t even try to. Practice your interview techniques and functions. Stand or sit in front of the mirror and rehearse popular interview questions like ‘Tell me about yourself’, ‘Why should we hire you?’, ‘What is your greatest weakness?’ etc. a.) Review your facial expressions and adjust accordingly b.) Record yourself and play back to hear how you really sound including the bad long pauses, the ‘erm’ ‘erm’ ‘erm’ in between words or bad phrases like ‘you get me’
Don’t be caught off guard
Don’t be late –
If there’s one nervous trigger that will knock you off, it is getting to your interview late. No matter how well you’ve prepared, showing up late at your interview will get you nervous and could ruin your chances of getting the job.
Map out the route before the day, leave on time, and give yourself enough time to settle down before the interview starts.
Tell me what you think. What was your worst interview experience?